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## Homework Statement

A man of mass 64.2 kg stands on a scaffold supported by a vertical rope at each end. The scaffold has a mass of 23.2 kg and is 3.2 m long. Suppose the man stands to the right from the middle of the scaffold that is a distance one sixth of the length of the scaffold. What is the tension in the right rope? What is the tension in the left rope?

## The Attempt at a Solution

im always confused on how exactly to draw out the scenarios and start the question. For this particular problem i got this far:

1. straight bar for scaffold with an arrow pointing down, half way (the center of gravity)

2. a man closer to the right rope, with an arrow pointing down, (his weight F=mg)

3. the two ropes on either side are tension (arrows pointing up)

Now I am not sure if there would be torque, because one rope has more force than the other, if so where would the pivot point be?? or if i should some how solve it be equating the tensions since the system is static??

Help would be greatly appreciated