Mechanics: Vectors and Forces in Two-Dimensions

Vectors and Forces in 2-D: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 17:

Xavier went rock climbing this past weekend. During one climb through a narrow vertical chimney, he supported his weight by leaning with his back against one wall of the chimney and pushing off the opposite wall with his legs. His left leg made a 26° angle with the horizontal. The coefficient of frcition between his back and the chimney wall is 0.508. Determine the minimum amount of tension which would be required to support the weight of his 86-kg body.

a. Determine the tension in his left leg.
b. Determine the normal force of the chimney wall pushing upon his back.

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