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Homework Help: Simple static equilibrium problem

  1. Apr 9, 2006 #1
    A 70kg mass is suspended from two cords. One is at 40 degrees with the cieling, and the other is at 30 degrees. What is the tension in both cords?

    I got the weight of the object, which is 686N, but how does one know how much of the load each cord supports? I missed this particular physics class. I know, it is an extremely simple question. Any help is appreciated.
     
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  3. Apr 9, 2006 #2
    1) sum forces in x direction
    2) sum forces in y direction

    2 unknowns, 2 equations
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2006
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