1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 1100 kg steel beam is supported by two ropes. Each rope has a maximum sustained tension of 6200 N. Then it shows a diagram of two ropes holding a steal beam at the center, both are angled out. The rope on the left is angled away at 20 deg from y axis. The rope on the right is angled 30 deg from y axis. 2. Relevant equations Fnet = ma 3. The attempt at a solution So basically I used substitution... R1 = rope 1 (left) R2 = rope 2 (right) E = summation F = Force E(Fx) = MAx = 0 R2*sin(30) - R1*sin(20) = 0 R2*sin(30) = R1*sin(20) R2 = R1*[sin(20)/sin(30)] Plug that into sum of forces in y direction... E(Fy) = MAy = 0 R1*cos(20) + R2*cos(30) - Mg = 0 R1*cos(20) + R2*cos(30) = Mg = 10791 N plug in R2... R1*[cos(20) + sin(20)/sin(30)] = 10791 R1 = 6645.96 N Now I did it like this.. plugged that back into the original and got 4546.11 N for R2. However it was wrong. So I thought okay since the max tension is supposedly 6200 I'll use that as R1 and got 4241.05 for R2. Wrong again. Any ideas?