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Old 3rd October 2013, 08:28 AM
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OK, let's fly a kite. Literally.

I have a kite of 1 sq metre area and it flies at say 100m and puts a tension on the line amounting to let's say 100 newtons, about 10 kilos.

Now I swap that kite for one of 10 sq metres area. Is the tension in the line still 100 newtons?

OK I am on the ground, the ground is stationary and that is what leads to the tension in the first place.

So instead of me holding the string, I place a weight on the line and then let it go. Will the smaller kite lift the same weight as the larger kite would?

I'm going for a cold bath, got a headache....
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