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Simple Pendulum

  1. Jun 22, 2005 #1
    A simple pendulum consists of a mas M suspended by a thin string. The magnitude of the tension is T. The mass swings back and forth between +,- theta0.
    I need help identifying which of the following statements are correct. These are my answers, but I'm getting something wrong.

    A)T=Mg at some angle between zero and theta0 not correct
    B)T is largest at the bottom (theta=0)
    C)The vertical component of tension is constant Correct
    D)T is smallest when theta=+,- theta0
    E)T depends on theta Correct
    F)T equals Mg when theta=theta0
    Not correct
    G)T is greater than Mg for theta =theta0 Not correct

    I would really appreciate some help with this problem, Thanks!!
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  3. Jun 22, 2005 #2


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    Discuss "A".Why do you think it is incorrect...?

  4. Jun 22, 2005 #3
    Because I thought T=mg at 0.
  5. Jun 23, 2005 #4


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    Only if the mass is not accelerating at 0, and the only time that happens is if the mass is at rest at zero. Your mass is always moving at 0. What is the direction of acceleration at that point?
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