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Problem 13.2: Calculate supporting tensions in a suspended load

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A steel block sits on a board that is held by two strings. The strings are attached to a crossbar that is held by two ringstands on a laboratory table. Assume that all objects have uniformly distributed mass, which means that the center of mass of each object is at its geometric center. The masses are as follows: The block has a mass of 2.0 kg, the board has a mass of 0.50 kg, and the crossbar has a mass of 1.0 kg (position is given in meters). Restart.

  1. What is the tension in each string?
  2. What is the force of each ringstand on the crossbar?

Problem authored by Aaron Titus.

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