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    The Rope Pull

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    On a bright sunny day, two girls play tug of war while standing on the opposite sides of a pond. Initially, each stands at a distance from her edge of the pond. Jackie, who weighs less than her opponent Sue, loses the tug of war and is forced to take a dive in the pond. (Most often, the tug of war is won by the heaviest, not the strongest, team - you will find out why when you learn more about friction).

    If you knew Jackie's mass, the tension in the rope, and the opposing force of friction between Jackie's feet and the ground, how would you find the time it took Sue to win the competition?

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    Solution Summary

    This solution rearranges the appropriate formulas to solve for the time it takes Sue to win the competition.