The iron cross

Classical Mechanics Level 1

Gymnasts can do all sorts of ridiculous tricks on various equipment. In the rings event, the gymnast is supported by two rings attached by cords to the ceiling.

If a gymnast has a mass of 75 kg and is motionless on the rings, what is the tension in each cord?

Details and assumptions

  • The acceleration of gravity is \(-9.8 m/s^2\).
  • You may assume the cords are perfectly vertical.

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