**A disabled automobile is pulled by means of two ropes as shown. Knowing that the tension in rope AB is 3 kN, determine by trigonometry the tension in rope AC and the value of α so that the resultant force exerted at A is a 4.8-kN force directed along the axis of the automobile.**

**Fig. P2.9**

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Step: 1

Draw the force triangle.

Step: 2

Use cosines law to find the tension in rope AC.

Here, tension in the cable AB is and the resultant force is .

Substitute for and for.

Therefore, tension in the rope AC is.

Step: 3

Use law of sine to find the direction of the tension in rope AC.

Substitute for.

Direction of the tension in rope AC is.

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