1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A simple pulley has two masses on either end, one M1 and one M2. It is easy to find the acceleration of the two masses, and the tension on the rope suspending these masses. The pulley is suspended by a cord, however, and the question asks to find the tension in this cord that is holding up the pulley system. 2. Relevant equations F=ma Fnet=F1+F2+... 3. The attempt at a solution I want to solve this one myself, but I need a pointer in the right direction.