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String and Wood (Posted on 2005-08-08) Difficulty: 3 of 5
You have a block of wood 1 by 2 by 7 units. One of the 2 by 7 faces has 2 nails inserted, the heads and part of the shaft of each nail protruding. If the coordinates of the corners of this face are: (0,0), (0,2), (7,2), and (7,0), then the nails are located at (1,1) and (6,1).

Assume the coefficient of friction between string and wood is zero, and that the diameter of the nails is negligible.

(1) The ends of a non-elastic string of length 13 units are attached, one end to each of the 2 nails. The string is taut. How is this possible?

(2) What about a second piece of taut string, approximately 8.544 units long, also with ends attached to the 2 nails?

(3) What about a third piece of string approximately 22.0880 units long?

See The Solution Submitted by Larry    
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Lemming Nailed it. | Comment 4 of 6 |
Great job, Lemming!  You nailed all 3 parts.  I guess this means we now all have to follow you anywhere.
  Posted by Larry on 2005-08-08 19:48:47
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