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Tension and sliding rod

  1. Sep 8, 2013 #1
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    So I am thinking about this problem, and what I don't understand is how at that point A, it is below the x-z plane, but it is not given how far below it is. If I knew, I could solve for the tension in the y-direction and set it equal to the weight.

    I must be able to use c and 8 in. to get me closer to that distance below the x-z plane, but I'm not sure how
     

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  3. Sep 8, 2013 #2

    PeterO

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    use 3-D Pythagoras to calculate how far below the x-z plane the mass is each time. remember, the two masses are 18" apart.

    If you don't understand 3-D Pythagoras, use normal Pythagoras on the 8" and c to find the direct distance across that void, the normal Pythagoras with the 18" cable/rod (or what ever it was) to calculate how far below the x-z plane A was in each case.
     
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  4. Sep 8, 2013 #3

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    If (xA, yA, zA) and (xB, yB, zB) are the coordinates of A and B, respectively, how can you express the length of the wire in terms of these coordinates?
     
  5. Sep 8, 2013 #4
    Here is my attempt
     

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  6. Sep 8, 2013 #5

    TSny

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    Your work looks good, except you seem to have made a mistake in the final evaluation of T in part (a).
     
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