Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 8 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 22

Answer

The direction of the force on the can is toward the center of rotation, along the string.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 145, and shown in Figure 8.37. This is not discussed in the textbook here, but there must also be a slight upward component to balance the can's weight, because the vertical acceleration is zero.
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