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Homework Help: Tension and length

  1. Feb 12, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    how does the tension of a mass on a pole change as you move the mass towards the end?

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    i thought tension was just mass times acceleration (gravity) so im not sure
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  3. Feb 12, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Tension is how much force [thank you LawrenceC - slip] the pole is under.
    The answer depends on the geometry.

    If the pole is vertical, for eg. then consider which parts of the pole are under tension.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2012
  4. Feb 12, 2012 #3
    Your question is vague without some sort of diagram. Tension is force. Stress is force per unit area.
  5. Feb 12, 2012 #4
    yes the pole is vertical overhang off a table
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