Simple pendulum question.. help needed!!!! http://capa.mcgill.ca/res/mcgill/dcmcgill/oldproblems/msuphysislib/Graphics/Gtype26/prob34a_pendSHM1.gif1.[/URL] The diagram shows a simple pendulum consisting of a mass M suspended by a thin string. The magnitude of the tension is T. The mass swings back and forth between ±q0 Choose True or False True False T is greater than Mg for q = q0. True False T equals Mg when q = q0. True False T=Mg at some angle between zero and q0. True False The vertical component of tension is constant. 2. is it true that T = mg*cos(theta) always? The vertical component of tension is constant .... true, since the vertical component=force of gravity T is greater than mg when q=q0. .... false, since q0 is the apex, and T is the smallest when the ampliude is the greatest I dont know about the other two...especially: T=Mg at some angle between zero and q0 my guess at that question is that since T= Mgcos(theta), therefore, T will only equal to mg when theta=0 or 180? so it would be false?