Y_Marker said:

A fire helicopter carries a 584 kg bucket at the end of a 9.3m long cable. When the helicopter is returning from a fire at a constant speed of

58.1 m/s, the cable makes an angle of 27.3 degrees with respect to the vertical. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s^2

Find the horizontal force exerted by air resistance on the bucket. Answer in units of N.

This is not an MCAT problem.

However:

Air resistance is balanced by the horizontal component of the tension on the cable. Gravity is balanced by the vertical component of the tension.

T (tension on cable) = (584 x 9.8)/cos(27.3) = F/sin(27.3)

Approximating (as we would on the MCAT): 584 x 9.8/cos(30) = F/sin(30)

F = 584 x 9.8 x 0.5/.87 = 3289N (at 30 degrees)

(In practice, we'd use 10 for gravity, too.)