A person of mass M stands in the middle of a tightrope which is fixed at the ends of two buildings separated by a horizontal distance L. The rope sags in the middle, stretching and lengthening the rope slightly.
a)If the tightrope walker wants the rope to sag vertically by no more than a height h, find the minimum tension T, that the rope must be able to withstand without breaking, in terms of h, g, M, and L.
The Attempt at a Solution
Honestly, I have no idea how to approach this. I do not know a single thing to do. Please be thorough and explain to me what has to be done and what to consider. My teachers homework problems are so much different from the reading and what we discuss in class, it is unbelievably harder without guidance.