Using the calculation parameters below, can you calculate the tension in Spider-Man’s spider silk?

  • human weight of 76 kg, tensile strength of 10^9 Pa for the static tension
  • for the swinging tension, you need a 25 m web length and a speed of 40 miles per hour

Contest Rules

  • Contest is run by the University of Guelph
  • Contest is held in Guelph, ON and is running from August 24th until August 28th
  • Must be eligible to pick up prize at the University of Guelph
  • Must be able to show work if requested – answer can be an approximate

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