# tension q

Discussion in 'MCAT Study Question Q&A' started by inaccensa, Aug 19, 2011.

1. ### inaccensa 7+ Year Member

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A man dangles a 10 kg mass from the end of the rope. If he jumps from a plane while still holding the rope, the tension in the rope will be?

2. ### cham90 5+ Year Member

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I want to say 0 N. If you draw a free body diagram, the only forces on the block should be tension and weight. Since it is accelerating downwards at 10 m/s^2 (freefall), the upward force (tension) should be 0.

I'm assuming air resistance doesn't matter and the man falls at the same rate.

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Yep, mg - T = mg, so T = 0.

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