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Homework Help: I dont understand why this is wrong. can someone please help me?

  1. Nov 11, 2007 #1
    Mountaineers often use a rope to lower themselves down the face of a cliff (this is called rappelling). They do this with their body nearly horizontal and their feet pushing against the cliff. Suppose that an 82.5 kg climber, who is 1.54 m tall and has a center of gravity 1.3 m from his feet, rappels down a vertical cliff with his body raised 28.9 degree above the horizontal. He holds the rope 1.46 m from his feet, and it makes a 24.2 degree angle with the cliff face.

    a) What tension does his rope need to support?

    I found the tension to be equal to - mg(1.3) sin(28.9) + T(1.3) sin(180 - 24.2-28.9)=0 and then i solve for T. T= (mg(1.3)sin(28.9))/(1.3sin(180-24.2-28.9)). I plugged in the numbers and found the answer to be 488.61 N but it's wrong. Can someone please help me? Thank you!
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  3. Nov 11, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    You are using the wrong angles. When using [itex]\tau = rF\sin\theta[/itex], the angle is the angle between the position vector (r) and the force.
  4. Nov 11, 2007 #3
    ok i got it. thank you sooo much for your help! i really appreciated it!

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