SAT Subject Physics Practice Question 396: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 396

2. During a company picnic, 6 accounting department workers participate in a tug of war with 6 sales force personnel. Each team pulls on the rope with 1200N of force. What is the tension in the rope?

A. 2400N
B. 1200N
C. 600N
D. 200N
E. 100N

Correct Answer: A


The correct answer is (B). The tension in a rope is the same throughout. Both teams must pull with a force of 1200N to maintain static equilibrium, so the total tension is 2400N.

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