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Homework Help: Atwood machine question!

  1. Nov 20, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Draw a free body diagram of m1 and another free body diagram of m2. Using these diagrams,
    apply Newton’s second law to each mass. Assume that the tension is the same on each mass
    and that they have the same acceleration. From these two equations, find an expression for
    the acceleration of m1 in terms of m1, m2, and g. Compare the expression to your result in
    Step 5 of Analysis.

    2. Relevant equations
    a = fnet/mass <--- newton's second law of motion
    ma = mg - t

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have no idea
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