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Physics question

  1. Jan 6, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    a rope can withstand 1000kg N of tension. if the rope is being used to pull a 10kg package across a frictionless surface, what is the greatest acceleration that will not break the rope?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Not even sure.

    is it 100m/s2
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  3. Jan 6, 2008 #2


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    The units of tension are N, not kg*N. And yes, a=100m/s^2. You used F=ma, right?
  4. Jan 6, 2008 #3

    so that is the maximum amount of accerlation?
  5. Jan 6, 2008 #4


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    Yes, the tension in the rope is the force causing the acceleration. If the acceleration were larger, then the tension in the rope would be > 1000N. It would break.
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