(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

a box of mass m2 = 1.2 kg on a frictionless plane inclined at angle θ = 26°. It is connected by a cord of negligible mass to a box of mass m1 = 3.3 kg on a horizontal frictionless surface. The pulley is frictionless and massless. (a) If the magnitude of the horizontal force F-> is 3.7 N, what is the tension in the connecting cord? (b) What is the largest value the magnitude of F-> may have without the connecting cord becoming slack?

2. Relevant equations

Fnet=m*a->

T-m*g*sin(theta)=ma not sure if this applies here

link to picture: http://edugen.wiley.com/edugen/courses/crs1650/art/qb/qu/c05/fig05_56.gif

3. The attempt at a solution

Ok, I used F_g=m*a to find that the Force of gravity was 32.34N. To find the horizontal component I used F_g*tan(theta) to get 15.7733N going horizontally. This means that the tension in the rope is 15.7733N the opposite way towards m1. m1 has a f-> of3.7 so 15.7733-3.7=12.0733 and for b. it would be 15.7733 to be match the opposing force....I don't think this is right though, can someone help verify this or if it is wrong point me in the right direction? Thanks alot

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