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Posted by **Brienne** on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 8:43am.

1. What is the tension in the wire?

2. Calculate the tension for a 89-g wire.

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I don't know how to begin this problem, because I don't know how to go about tension in regards to waves. I only ever used tension in the T=m*g format before. And I'm sure I could figure out part 2 if I knew how to do part 1. Thank you for any help!

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**drwls**, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 9:26am1. The wire tension can be derived from the wave speed, which is

V = 5.9/0.087 = 67.8 m/s,

and the mass per unit length of wire,

sigma = 0.079/5.9 = 1.338*10^-2 kg/m

Now solve the wave speed equation

V = sqrt(T/sigma)

to get the tension in N

T = V^2*sigma = 61.5 N

2. Use the same formulas with a different wire mass.

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**Brienne**, Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 10:29amThank you so much!

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