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## Strength of a cable and number of strands

Is the strength of a single strand of a steel cable proportionate to the entire cable? meaning if lets say a cable was made up of 100 strands and could lift a hundred pounds, would each thread be able to lift a pound, or does the cable as a whole become stronger?

AJ asked

Answer:

The strength of the cable increases with increase in the number of strands.

## Calculating g on Moon

An astronaut on the moon wishes to calculate the local g in the area. He sets up a wire with a mass of 1.7 grams and hanging from it an object with mass 4.98 kg. He sends some kind of pulse down the wire and calculates that it takes 40.86 ms to traverse the wire. What is g? You can neglect the mass of the wire when calculating the tension.

That was everything that was given in the problem. I have not a clue how to solve it. What I did was just use the equation of T=2pi[sqrt(l/g)] to solve for g and hope that the wire acts like a spring or something.

I’m totally sure that’s incorrect, but hey I’m not an astrophysicist.

*(Response from Members and visitors awaited)*

Posted by Ashish Dharva

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- Change in resistance of a wire on stretching (askphysics.com)

## Change in resistance of a wire on stretching

A WIRE OF LENGTH L AND AREA OF CROSS SECTION A HAS A RESISTANCE R. IF THE WIRE IS STRACHED TO TWICE OF ITS LENGTH WHILE A REMAINS SAME , WHAT IS THE NEW RESISTANCE????

Answer:

We know that R = ρl/A

When the wire is **stretched**, there is no change in volume. So if length is doubled then volume will be halved so that volume is constant.

Therefore, the new resistance R’ = 4R

That is the resistance becomes four times its original value.

1. A WIRE OF LENGTH L AND AREA OF CROSS SECTION A HAS A RESISTANCE R. IF THE WIRE IS STRACHED TO TWICE OF ITS LENGTH WHILE A REMAINS SAME , WHAT IS THE NEW RESISTANCE????