Tension in a string

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A light rigid rod PQ is hinged smoothly to the wall at one end while the other end is connected by an inextensible string to a point R directly above P. A weight W is suspended from a point on the rod. If the rod remains horizontal, which of the following change(s) would increase the tension in the string?

(1) Shifting the weight towards Q
(2) Replacing the string with a shorter one and connecting it to the mid-points of PQ and PR
(3) Replacing the string with a longer one and connecting it to a point higher than R


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The Attempt at a Solution



I guess the first one is correct, as the force will be greater when W is farer away from the hinged point, but i have no idea how the length of the string is related to the tension.
Is it related to the L/g ^1/2?

Please help:(
many thanks
 

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rl.bhat
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If T is the tension in the string, when the rod is horizontal, the moments on the rod due to T and W are equal and opposite.
So
(Tsinθ)*L = W*x.
T = W*x/L*sinθ . sinθ
In this expression W and L remain constant.
Your guess for the first one is correct.
sinθ = y/sqrt(L^2 + y^2). Hence
T = W*x*sqrt(L^2 + y^2)/L*y.
Now try for (2) and (3)
 

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