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Homework Help: Help on a tension related question?

  1. Feb 13, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In the figure professional wrestler Randy “Macho Man” Savage is suspending a 10 kg mass with a rope between his two hands. Is the strongest member of your team, or even the Macho Man, strong enough to keep a heavy mass stationary and the rope perfectly horizontal? Explain

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't know how to approach the question.
    I'm suspecting that rope cannot be perfectly horizontal for now...
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  3. Feb 13, 2015 #2


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    If you had to draw a free body diagram of the 10 kg mass and the tension in the rope required to keep the mass suspended, what would this diagram look like? If you wrote some equilibrium equations for the mass, could you explain your suspicion about the tension required to keep the rope horizontal?
  4. Feb 13, 2015 #3


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    What he said. Draw the free body diagram with the string making some angle to the horizontal. Write the equations. Work out what happens if that angle approaches zero.
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