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Problem 13.5: Analyze a bicycle wheel suspended on the edge of a curb

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The rear wheel of a bicycle is in equilibrium as it rests against the corner of a curb as shown in the animation. For purposes of this problem, neglect the force of the bicycle frame on the wheel. The wheel is not touching the ground, and its mass is 0.40 kg. Neglect the mass of the bicycle chain (position is given in meters). Restart.

  1. Assuming that the top and bottom chain tensions are equal, what is the tension in the chain?
  2. What is the magnitude and direction of the force of the curb on the wheel?

Problem authored by Aaron Titus.

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