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Homework Help: Tension Problem Help!

  1. Sep 19, 2012 #1
    How would you solve a problem as follows:

    There is a 55N weight suspended by two ropes. The ropes make angles of 45 and 75 degrees with the ceiling. Determine the tension in the two ropes.


    I've tried a few things but none have worked. Vectors test tomorrow and these type of questions kill me. Any help is most appreciated! Preferably step by step :)
     
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  3. Sep 19, 2012 #2
    Show us your work, show us what you have done so far.
     
  4. Sep 19, 2012 #3
    1. A vector, here the tension, can be resolved into 2 component vectors that makes your calculation easier.
    2. For vector of same or opposite direction, simple arithmetics can be applied.
    3. For a body in equilibrium, the net forces in any direction equal to zero.

    From above you can deduce equations with given data.
     
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