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Subject: Does the strength of a rope depend on its length?

Date: Sat Nov 15 05:35:36 2003
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Namely, will a 1 foot rope support more than a 100 foot rope if everything else about the 
two ropes is identical?  Also, does it matter if the tension is applied to the rope 
horizontally or vertically, i.e. it seems to me if it were supporting a weight from a hook, the 
weight of the rope would matter, whereas if it was being used for tug of war, the weight 
would not matter?  Thanks.

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