   Chapter 4, Problem 13CQ

Chapter
Section
Textbook Problem

In a tug-of-war between two athletes, each pulls on the rope with a force of 200 N. What is the tension in the rope? If the rope doesn’t move, what horizontal force does each athlete exert against the ground?

a)

To determine
The tension on the rope.

Explanation

Given info: The rope is pulled with a force of 200 N.

According to Newton’s third law, the action force is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to the reaction force. Action and reaction forces act on different objects.

Two athletes can be imagined as one pulling the rope attached to a wall...

b)

To determine
The horizontal force against the ground exerted by the athletes.

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