physics
posted by kaitlyn on .
A window washer is standing on a scaffold supported by a vertical rope at each end. The scaffold weighs 210 N and is 2.80 m long. What is the tension in each rope when the 710 N worker stands 1.80 m from one end?
smaller and larger.

Draw a sketch:
T1================210N======710N=======T2
Take moments about the left:
T2*2.8  210*1.4  710*1.8 = 0
Solve for T2
Take moments about the right:
T1*2.8 + 210*1.4 + 71*(2.81.8) = 0
Solve for T1 
i keep coming up with the wrong answer for T1. i am getting 358.57 and its wrong.

Unless your question takes T2 as the first answer, which is supposed to be (710+210)358.57 = 561.43.
If that's not the case, verify
1. instruction for rounding of answers (to the nearest newton, two decimals, etc.)
2. order of the answers (which should add up to 710+210.
3. Check that the numbers posted correspond to the questions on the computer.
4. Sometimes after a wrong answer, the qustion gets modified by the computer. Make sure that did not happen. 
210 (1.4)<half of 2.80<710 (1.8) + T2 (2.8)=
294  1572 + 2.8 T2=0
1866 = 2.8 T2
1866 = T2
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2.8
6666= T2
now solve for T1
T1+ T2= weigh1g+ weight 2g
we move the T2 answer to right side
T1= 710 + 210  666
T1= 254 N