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About free body diagram

  1. Dec 3, 2007 #1
    I have a question for the question

    The following is the solution for the question, and you can see the free body diagram for child only, chair only and chair and child as one system

    For the free body diagram of chair and child as one system, the downward force including the weight of chair and the weight of child.
    My question is: the problem has specified that "Pat pulls on the loose end of the rope", but why there doesn't exist a downward arrow from the child's hand because he is pulling down the rope?
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2007
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  3. Dec 3, 2007 #2


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    From Newton's 3rd law, since the child is pulling down on the rope with a force of 250N, then the rope is exerting an equal but opposite force on the child of 250N upward. Since you are looking in your FBD's for the forces acting on the child or child/chair system, it is the upward tension force you want to consider. Tension forces always pull away from the objects on which they act.
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