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tension q

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

  1. inaccensa

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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?
     
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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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