1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The object is balance. Calculate T1 and T2. (yes, this plus the diagram is really the entirety of the question) 2. Relevant equations Στ = 0 τ = F⋅r F = mg 3. The attempt at a solution First, we treat the left side as a fixed point and solve for the vertical component of T2 Στ = 0 20⋅9.8⋅1 + 10⋅9.8⋅1.5 - 2T2y = 0 343 = 2T2y T2y = 171.5 Next, we treat the right side as fixed and solve for the vertical component of of T1 Στ = 0 0.5⋅10⋅9.8 + 1⋅20⋅9.8 - 2⋅T1Y = 0 245 = 2T1Y T1Y = 122.5 To verify, we check that the sum of the forces up should equal the sum of the forces down T1Y + T2Y = 20*9.8 + 10 * 9.8 171.5 + 122.5 = 196 + 98 294 = 294 And this is the point where I get stuck. As far as I can tell, the situation is balanced for all cases where the force left due to T1 is equal to the force right due to T2, meaning you have everything from the case where both wires are vertical (and thus the x-components of their tension is zero) to the case where both are nearly horizontal (and the x-components of both approach infinity) being true. What am I missing?