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TENSION: how do you calculate it?

  1. Oct 5, 2005 #1
    is there any specific formula or formulas for calculating tension? is T=ma legit?
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  3. Oct 5, 2005 #2


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    Generally, in introductory physics, the tension is not determined by a general formula. If one needs to determine it, it is often an unknown force contributing to the net-force on an object, which appears on one side of Newton's Second Law. So... no, T=ma is not generally "legit".
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