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Every TA should know how to tie a bowline knot. Any time you need a loop in the end of a string, tie a bowline. Nearly any other knot will slip and leave the subsequent lab groups very upset.

The knot is a simple one -- just follow the steps below. The way I remember it is the way Quinn taught Brody in the movie Jaws:

  1. The rabbit comes out of the hole,
  2. Runs around the tree,
  3. And runs back down into the hole.

To tighten the knot, grab both loose ends and pull hard.

If you have a question or comment, send an e-mail to Lab Coordinator: Jerry Hester

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