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Acceleration of the system and the tension T in the string

  1. Jul 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two masses m1 and m2 situated on a frictionless, horizontal surface are connected by a light string. A force F is exerted on one of the masses to the right. Determine the acceleration of the system and the tension T in the string.


    2. Relevant equations
    F=ma


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I got a=F/(m1+m2). I think that is right. For the tension part, I got a little bit stuck. I finally got T=m1a because it is just moving m1. So T=Fm1/(m1+m2). Is this right? I don't think it is.
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2009 #2
    Re: Force

    I think that's right
     
  4. Jul 23, 2009 #3

    turin

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    Re: Force

    I sounds correct to me, too. I am assuming that m2 is experiencing the force, and m1 is following m2.
     
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