# Can two people playing tug of war pull on a rope with different forces?

How about two people pulling on a spring? It seems to me that you can’t push or pull on someone without feeling the same push on yourself. The person who remains standing is the one who can better oppose that force. But both feel the same force.

• If the rope or spring is massless, the forces must me the same Feb 18 at 18:48
• @Ben51 ok. But both are dealing with the same mass... ok. I can see how it would make a difference with an extremely heavy mass. You can have one person who can’t move it at all. But for a small mass the difference would be tiny. It seems to me.
– user288901
Feb 18 at 18:54

Imagine two weights $$m_1$$ and $$m_2$$ on rope s.t. $$m_1>m_2$$, both masses feel the same force of tension, however the rope accelerates towards $$m_1$$, and in turn the whole system accelerates. The same is true for the tug of war.