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Tension in the rope of tug of war

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Feb8-13, 01:55 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
In a tug of war, five men on each team pull with an average force of 500 N each. What is teh tension in the center of the rope.
A. zero B. 100N C. 500N D. 2500N E.5000N

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3. The attempt at a solution
I know this isn't a very complicated question but I am not sure how the two forces on each side would effect it. T first i though they would cancel out, but there has to be some tension, so are they compounded? I am really unsure. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated.

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Feb8-13, 02:52 PM
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Suppose you broke the rope in the middle, and replaced one of the teams, together with their half rope, with a spring scale (like the ones they use to weigh vegetables in a supermarket) nailed to a rigid post. Would it matter whether the spring and post were supplying the force to hold the other team in place? What would be the reading on the spring scale?

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