A circus performer of weight W is walking along a "high wire" as shown. Then tension in the wire is: A) approximately W, B) approximately w/2 C) mush less than W, D) much more than W, E) depends on weather he stands on one or two feet Description of picture: Their are two polls in the ground. A wire has been staked to the ground left of the first pull. It is then laid over the top of the first poll and runs across to the second poll and over the top of it. It is then staked down to the right of the second poll. A man is standing on top of the rope in the middle of the two polls which causes some slack in the rope. This obviously causes the two ends of the rope on either side of the poll to tense up. Maybe there are some grooves on top of the poll's or something keeping the rope from slipping; the picture is not that descriptive. This question confuses me. My answer was A and I was wrong, the correct answer was D. Can someone please explain to me why this is the correct answer?