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Concept Clarification

  1. Oct 4, 2005 #1
    I know that if two people are pulling on a rope with the same force, the tension in the rope is the force that one of them is pulling at because the rope is pulling back or something like that. I don't really understand how this concept works. What happens if they are pulling on the rope with different forces?
     
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  3. Oct 4, 2005 #2

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    if they are pulling from opposite sides of the rope, what would you think happens if someone is pulling harder than the other?
     
  4. Oct 4, 2005 #3
    If one person pulls harder, the other person would most likely move. I would think that the tension in the rope would be the larger pull, but that doesn't really make sense either.
     
  5. Oct 4, 2005 #4

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    You are right. So in this case, there would be a net force = (stronger pull - weaker pull) in the direction of the person pulling harder.
     
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