1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data This is the given diagram. All weights are the same, the gray round things are pulleys, the black dot is simply a connection of the ropes. Question: The system is in equilibrium. Solve for x and y in terms of b and h. http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/9724/physicsps1.png" [Broken] 2. Relevant equations Sum(Fx) = 0 Sum(Fy) = 0 3. The attempt at a solution Since nothing is moving, the horizontal forces must be equal for both strings. Both are under the same tension, therefore the ropes' angles are the same, so that the sum of the sines (the vertical upward forces) equal the drape force of the center weight. So far my solution. Only in the diagram, the right rope goes up way steeper than the one on the left. Am I missing something? What about (y/x) = (h+y)/(b-x)? These are the tangents of the triangles, sort of. But I always get stuck somewhere, nothing seems to get me anywhere useful. I'm looking forward to your ideas!