# Newtons first Law

Discussion in 'Physics' started by braddy, Sep 17, 2005.

Dec 29, 2004
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Explain me this situation
A spider is attached to two threads of equal length that make a 120o angle with each other. The spider is motionless and its mass is m=30mg.
What is the tension in each thread?

According to the Newton first Law, the sum of the force must be 0.

T1+T2+Fspider=0
since the threads are the same length and symetrical, T1=T2.

Fspider=-3.0 *10-4N

so I found T1=1.5 *10-4N

I am surprised to see that the answer is 3.0 *10-4N on each thread

please now I am confused! help

2. ### Brandon Senior Member

Dec 14, 2004
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Remember you are dealing with forces in 2 axes. X and Y not in 1. I think that is where you made ur mistake.

Fyspider=mspider*gravity

Since spider is not moving back and forth then Fx=0

Since the angle is 120 between them and symectrical we have 30-60-90 triangles created for each thread.

Now we need Fxthread, since both at equal, we solve for either. Knowing Fythread, we use the law of sines.