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PROBLEM 2.

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Cable AB is 65 ft long, and the tension in that cable is 3900 lb.

Determine (a) the x, y, and z components of the force exerted
by the cable on the anchor B, (b) the angles θ x , θ y , and θ z
defining the direction of that force.

SOLUTION

56 ft
From triangle AOB: cos θ y =
65 ft
= 0.86154
θ y = 30.51°

(a) Fx = − F sin θ y cos 20°

= −(3900 lb)sin 30.51° cos 20°

Fx = −1861 lb W

Fy = + F cos θ y = (3900 lb)(0.86154) Fy = +3360 lb W


Fz = + (3900 lb)sin 30.51° sin 20° Fz = +677 lb W

Fx 1861 lb
(b) cos θ x = =− = − 0.4771 θ x = 118.5° W
F 3900 lb
From above: θ y = 30.51° θ y = 30.5° W

Fz 677 lb
cos θ z = =+ = + 0.1736 θ z = 80.0° W
F 3900 lb

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PROBLEM 2.76

Cable AC is 70 ft long, and the tension in that cable is 5250 lb.

Determine (a) the x, y, and z components of the force exerted by
the cable on the anchor C, (b) the angles θx, θy, and θz defining the
direction of that force.

SOLUTION

In triangle AOB: AC = 70 ft
OA = 56 ft
F = 5250 lb
56 ft
cos θ y =
70 ft

θ y = 36.870°
FH = F sin θ y
= (5250 lb) sin 36.870°
= 3150.0 lb

Fz = − FH cos 50° = −3150cos50° = −2024.8 lb Fz = −2025 lb W

Fx −2413.04 lb
(b) cos θ x = = θ x = 117.4° W
F 5250 lb
From above: θ y = 36.870° θ y = 36.9° W

Fz −2024.8 lb
θz = = θ z = 112.7° W
F 5250 lb

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