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Equilibrium: Contact Force and Tension in the Ring.

Three identical steel balls, each of mass m, are placed in a cylindrical ring which rests on a horizontal surface and whose height is slightly greater than the radius of the balls. The diameter of the ring is such that the balls are virtually touching one another. A fourth identical ball is then placed on top of the other three. Determine the force, P, exerted by the ring on each of the three lower balls.

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Three balls are kept together by a ring with a fourth ball on top, the force exerted by the ring on three lower balls are calculated.