Blocks connected by rope, Newton's Third Law

  1. The figure shows two 1.0 kg blocks connected by a rope. A second rope hangs beneath the lower block. Both ropes have a mass of 250 g. The entire assembly is accelerated upward at by force. What is F? What is the tension at the top end of rope 1? What is the tension at the bottom end of rope 1? What is the tension at the top end of rope 2?


    The force on block B:
    T-(m of B)g=(m of B)a

    The force on block A:
    F-[(m of a + m of b)g] = (m of b)a

    What do I do now?
    Thank you.
    Stephen
     

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  3. Doc Al

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    Chegg
    To find F, consider the masses and ropes as a single system. What external forces act on the system? What's the acceleration?
     
  4. The figure shows two 1.0 kg blocks connected by a rope. A second rope hangs beneath the lower block. Both ropes have a mass of 250 g. The entire assembly is accelerated upward at by force. What is F? What is the tension at the top end of rope 1? What is the tension at the bottom end of rope 1? What is the tension at the top end of rope 2?


    If we make it one system the external forces are: F and weight of the blocks
    So F= (m of a + m of b + 2*m of rope)a
    and w=(m of a + m of b + 2*m of rope)g

    since F-w=(m of a + m of b +2*m of rope)a, right??
    Now what??

    Thank you.
     
  5. Doc Al

    Staff: Mentor

    Right.
    No. (The net force will equal M*a, but that comes later.)
    Right.
    Right!
    What's the acceleration? That must be given. Use it to solve for F.
     
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