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Tension, very simple , but confusing!

  1. Oct 19, 2009 #1
    We have a car stuck in the mud. To pull it out we have tied a rope on it and began pulling in one direction horizontally. Another method was proposed that one end of the rope was tied to the car and the other was tied to the nearby tree and then the same amount of force was applied perpendicular to the middle of the rope. Which one would be easier to move the car?
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2009 #2

    berkeman

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    Welcome to the PF. We do not do your homework for you here. Please show us the relevant equations, and your free body diagrams (FBDs).
     
  4. Oct 19, 2009 #3
    This isnt homework, I'm simply trying to figure out if the tension applied would be greater
     
  5. Oct 19, 2009 #4

    berkeman

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    Sure looks like schoolwork, but whatever. Anything schoolwork-like goes in the Homework Help forums area of the PF, and the HH rules apply. Are you familiar with FBDs? That is how this problem is generally started....
     
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