Force on 70kg Person Holding Rope onto Pully

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In summary, the forces acting on each person in this scenario are 600 N upward and 600 N downward for the suspended person of mass 60 kg, and 700 N downward and 600 N upward for the grounded person of mass 70 kg. The tension in the rope is the same for both people at 600 N, and the normal force from the ground is 100 N. This can be represented in a free body diagram with gravity acting down on the person with 700 N, tension acting up with 600 N, and the normal force from the ground at 100 N. The Atwood Machine equation can be used to calculate the acceleration of the system, but since the system is not accelerating, the forces on each
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If a person of mass 70 kg is holding onto a rope that is connected to a pully and is suspending a person of mass 60 kg on the other side, what are the forces acting on each person. Oh, and both persons are still (0 velocity).
 
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Assuming that the system is not accelerating, just draw some free body diagrams and use Newton's third law for tension.
 
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Ja4Coltrane said:
Assuming that the system is not accelerating, just draw some free body diagrams and use Newton's third law for tension.
Thanks for posting. So the forces that act on person one are 600 N upward and 700 N downard; and for person two the forces are 700 N upward and 600 N downward. Does that sound right?
 
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sorry but you made an error. The forces on each person have nothing to do with the other person. (this is becuase they are not moving, so it is just like hanging on a hook)

Think of tension as the reaction to gravity.
 
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So then the forces for person one are 700 N upward and 700 N downward; and for person two 600 N upward and 600 N downward. I don't understand why they don't affect each other since they are both pulling down on the rope.
 
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You are right. Your confusion is the same one that I used to have. You see, tension is not how much the rope is stretched, but rather, how hard the rope is pulling up. In fact, I suggest you think of it as some random other force instead of the confusing term tension. Does that clear it up a little?
 
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Yes, thank you for simplifying things. The only thing I don't understand is, if person one (mass 70 kg) is pulling down on the rope with 700 N, shouldn't person two (mass 60 kg) be accelerated upward because of the net force of 100 N?
 
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Of course, but you said that both persons are still. If this is not true tell me so that I can explain what you need to do.
 
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Oh yes, both persons are still. But if one person is pulling with a force of 700 N, shouldn't that accelerate the person on the other side of the pully of mass 60 kg?
 
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Oh haha. I thought that you meant that both people are held still. Okay this is interesting, it's called the Atwood Machine (originaly used to measure the value of g).

So first, you need to forget that gravity exists and instead just think of a 600N force and a 700 N force acting on two objects. Now you know that since they are connected, they both have to accelerate at the exact same magnitude. Now because they are connected, for the purpose of finding acceleration, it is okay to think of the system as one mass (M1+M2 or 60kg +70kg). Now you said earlier that the net force on this system is 100 N, and you know from Newtons second law that a=f/m. So plug it in:
100N/130kg= 10/13m/s(sq). general formula is of course A=(Mg-mg)/(M+m)

Now you have acceleration, but you need tension. Think of the heavy person. you know that the net force on this person is Tension minus 700N. Does that make sense? Also you know that the persons net force must also equal the mass times the acceleration of that person (F=MA) You know acceleration and you know mass. Solve for T! T-700N=(70kg)(10/13m/s(sq)) I hope that made some sense!
 
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NO IM SORRY!

Not T-700
700-T

the person is falling! I'm so sorry for that confusion!
 
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Ja4Coltrane said:
NO IM SORRY!

Not T-700
700-T

the person is falling! I'm so sorry for that confusion!

you could also use T-600N
 
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Sorry, I don't think I was clear on what the problem is. Here it is: There are two people connected to a pully. One is holding the rope and touching the ground, the other is suspended in the air and hanging on to the pully. Both are perfectly still -- there is zero velocity.

Now, what I need to know is, what are the forces that each people are exerting on the pully (preferably in a FBD).
 
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okay, use the atwood machine information for finding tension on each person. That is the upward force on BOTH people. Now the downward force on both people is simply the gravity on each person. So for the 60 kg person, 600 N down and T up(Im too lazy to do the calculations for T) and for the 70 kg person, 700N down and T up.
 
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HEY!
I read your question again! the seventy kg person is on bottom so that means that there is no acceleration! Forget the atwood stuff, that's if it was accelerating.
600 up and 600 down for the suspended person and for the grounded, 600 N down and 600N up (because he is holding it, so not 700N)
 
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you could also say in your free body diagram that gravity acts down on the person with 700 Newtons, the tension acts up with 600, and the normal force from the ground is 100, but either way, the pulley pulls up with 600, and he pulls down on it with 600 (that's 700-100)
 
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Thanks again, Ja4Coltrane!
 

Related to Force on 70kg Person Holding Rope onto Pully

1. What is the formula for calculating the force on a 70kg person holding a rope onto a pulley?

The formula for calculating the force on a 70kg person holding a rope onto a pulley is F = m*g, where F is the force, m is the mass (70kg), and g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.8m/s^2).

2. How does the angle of the rope affect the force on the person?

The angle of the rope does not affect the force on the person. The force is solely determined by the person's weight (70kg) and the acceleration due to gravity (9.8m/s^2).

3. Is the force on the person constant while holding the rope onto a pulley?

No, the force on the person is not constant while holding the rope onto a pulley. As the person pulls down on the rope, the force increases due to the tension in the rope. Once the person stops pulling, the force decreases back to their weight (70kg).

4. How does the radius of the pulley affect the force on the person?

The radius of the pulley does not directly affect the force on the person. However, a smaller pulley may require the person to pull with more force to lift the same weight, while a larger pulley may require less force. This is due to the difference in the amount of rope being pulled and the distribution of weight on the pulley.

5. What other factors can affect the force on a 70kg person holding a rope onto a pulley?

Other factors that can affect the force on a 70kg person holding a rope onto a pulley include the mass of the object being lifted, the friction between the pulley and the rope, and the angle of the rope relative to the ground. Additionally, if the person is also moving horizontally while holding the rope, the force will also be affected by their acceleration and the friction between their feet and the ground.

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