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Homework Help: Tension in the rope of tug of war

  1. Feb 8, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In a tug of war, five men on each team pull with an average force of 500 N each. What is teh tension in the center of the rope.
    A. zero B. 100N C. 500N D. 2500N E.5000N

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know this isn't a very complicated question but I am not sure how the two forces on each side would effect it. T first i though they would cancel out, but there has to be some tension, so are they compounded? I am really unsure. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated.

    Also sorry if this is in the wrong section
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 8, 2013 #2
    Suppose you broke the rope in the middle, and replaced one of the teams, together with their half rope, with a spring scale (like the ones they use to weigh vegetables in a supermarket) nailed to a rigid post. Would it matter whether the spring and post were supplying the force to hold the other team in place? What would be the reading on the spring scale?
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