The tension in a 2 m length of string that whirls a 1 kg mass at 4 m/s in a horizontal circle is calculated to be 8 N. How do you alculate the tension for the following case: twice the length of string?

1 Answer
Nov 24, 2015

Answer:

The tension will be #4"N"#

Explanation:

The tension is equal to the centripetal force given by:

#F=(mv^2)/r#

You can see that doubling #r# will therefore half the tension to #4"N"#

Check:

#F=(1xx4^2)/4=4"N"#