# Statics cable tension problem

1. Jan 22, 2004

### formulajoe

ive been wrestling with this for an hour and a half, and all ive got it Theta y and Fy.
a tree is being supported by cables. the tension in cable AB is 4.2 KN.
all it gives me to go on is 2 angles. it 40 deg toward z axis from x axis. and the cable makes an angle of 40 deg with the ground. i found Fy to be -2.7 KN and theta y to be 130 deg.
i can even get close to Fx or Fz. if i can get those, finding their respective theta's will be a snap.

2. Jan 22, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Can you provide a picture?

3. Jan 22, 2004

### formulajoe

heres a very rough drawing i made with paint. the one 40 deg angle is made with the ground.

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4. Jan 23, 2004

### himanshu121

Write the components in vector form if you now the resultant and the angle

5. Jan 23, 2004

### HallsofIvy

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1) Where are the other cables?

2) What are you trying to find?

6. Jan 23, 2004

### formulajoe

I'm just trying to find the component forces of AB, and the corresponding theta's. all thats given is those two angles, and the magnitude of the force.

7. Jan 23, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Please define your x, y, z directions. What is the plane of the ground? What is the vertical direction?

8. Jan 23, 2004

### formulajoe

does this help?
heres the exact question.
knowing the tension in cable AB is 5.2 KN, determine (a) the components of the force exerted by this cable on the tree. (b) the angles theta x, theta y, and theta z that the force forms with axes at A which are parallel to the coordinate axis.

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9. Jan 23, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Finally I see what you are doing.

You need the components of the force that the cable exerts on the tree. That force (F) makes an angle of 50 with the y-axis, so:
Fy= - F cos(50)
Fx-z= F sin(50) (magnitude only)

Then:
Fx= F sin(50)cos(40)
Fz= F sin(50)sin(40)

Make sense?

Edit: Corrected the angle from 60 to 50 degrees. (D'oh!)

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10. Jan 23, 2004

### formulajoe

those answers arent coming out right.
Fy = F X cos 130.
theta y makes an angle of 130 deg. i found this knowing that it made an angle of 40 deg with the ground, so it had to make a 50 deg angle with the tree. 180 - 50 = 130. this answer checks out.

but the other two dont. ive even tried working backwards from the answer, but im not getting remotely close.

11. Jan 23, 2004

### formulajoe

but when the numbers from the answers you gave me are squared, added, and then the square root is taken they equal out to 4.2. are the answers in the book wrong?

12. Jan 23, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Oops! Where I have 60 degrees, I should have 50. Sorry. Now try it..

13. Jan 23, 2004

### formulajoe

ahhh, that works perfect now. i dont completely understand how you did it though. i understand the y one completely.
so for the x, you complement the 40 deg angle and take the sin correct? and for the 40 deg angle the stake makes with the x axis, just take the cos right. just kinda treat the x and z axes as the x and y axes? same rules work?

14. Jan 23, 2004

### Staff: Mentor

Right, it's easy. Look at my original answer.

You know how to find the y-component. The projection onto the x-z axis is the component perpendicular to y. (If one is cosine, then the other is sine.) Then you just find components (of that projection) in the x-z plane (just like you would with x & y).