# Tension in a cable car's cable

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The cable cars in San Francisco are pulled along their tracks by an underground steel cable that moves along at 9.5 mph. The cable is driven by large motors at a central power station and extends, via an intricate pulley arrangement, for several miles beneath the city streets. The length of a cable stretches by up to 100 ft during its lifetime. To keep the tension constant, the cable passes around a 1.5-m-diameter "tensioning pulley" that rolls back and forth on rails, as shown in the figure. A 2000 kg block is attached to the tensioning pulley's cart, via a rope and pulley, and is suspended in a deep hole.

What is the tension in the cable car's cable?

T$$_{b on a}$$=T$$_{a on b}$$

I just don't even know where to start. I know that it's not accelerating, so Net Force=0 but I still can't figure out where to go from here. If I could just get pointed in the right direction, that'd be great! Thanks so very much!

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