1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The two angled ropes used to support the crate in the figure below can withstand a maximum tension of 1900 N before they break. A.) Which of the ropes would break first? B.) What is the largest mass the ropes can support before breaking? 2. Relevant equations F = ma Weight force = mg 3. The attempt at a solution A.) I got the answer to this by taking 1900 for the tension in each rope and figuring out the y-components of the tension with the equation: Ty = 1900 * sinθ This gave me 950 for the 30° rope and 1344 for the 45° rope. That means the 45° rope will break first. B.) I'm not sure if I'm on the right track here but I'll show what I came up with. Since I know the 45° rope will break first then I can pretty much ignore the other rope and figure out the mass that will make the 45° rope snap. I said: 1900*sin45 = 9.8m That gave me a mass of 137 kg. Whaddaya think? Is it on? *I realize the angles in the pic are not to scale. Please forgive the hastily drawn paintbrush pic.