The picture I attached to this thread is a system that I came across while studying for my final exam today. It is a system that is in equilibrium, and the only numerical values are:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Angle of wire/ground: 30

Angle of strut/ground: 45

Mass of hanging weight: 500 lb

Mass of strut: 100 lb (uniform mass)

I have written out all the forces that I can find, several of which are couples that cancel out, but I cannot find a numerical value for the tension in the cable T. The question asks what the tension is, and I have begun to think there is no way to describe tension numerically from the given data. Can someone please help me out by confirming that there isn't enough data here to describe tension numerically? Thanks a lot!

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# Homework Help: Torque and tension question

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