# Homework Help: Calculate acceleration & tension

1. Mar 22, 2016

### Melixa

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A block with mass m1=15.0kg is on a rough inclined plane and is connected to an object with mass m2=25.0kg as shown. The rope may be considered massless; and the pulley may be considered frictionless. The coefficient of kinetic friction is µk=0.28

2. Relevant equations
a. what is the magnitude of the acceleration of the block?
b. what is the magnitude of the tension of the string?

3. The attempt at a solution
Attempt for question a: a=m2g-m1g sin theta-m1g cos theta/m1 + m2

Attempt for question b: T=W1+m1(a)

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2. Mar 23, 2016

### haruspex

You've forgotten mu in there. It is in your attachment, but applied wrongly.

3. Mar 23, 2016

### Saloni Khanna

Since no perpendicular motion of mass m1 ,therefore equation :
R=m1g cos35 no applied.
Now, equation of motion of m1:
m1f=T-m1 g sin35 .
Equation of motion of m2:
m2f= m2g -T .
(m1+m2)f=( m11 - m2sin35)*g
Rearranging,
f=m1-m2sin35*g divided by m1+m2.
Here f is acceleration.
Now tension T= m2(g-f)
Substituting f,
T= m1 m2(1+sin35)* g divided by m1+ m2.
Substituting ,m1= 15kg & m2= 25 kg ,sin35 = - 0.4281827 ,g=9.8 m/as.

m2f= m2g sin35degree.
(m1+m2)f=( m1- m2 sin35)g
Rearranging,
f=m1- m2sin35 *g divided by m1+m2.
Here f is acceleration.
Now tension T = m2(g-f)
Substituting f we get ,
T=m1*m2(1+sin35)*g divided by m1+m2.

4. Mar 23, 2016

### Melixa

Sorry, we represent g with a W in class.

5. Mar 23, 2016

### Melixa

So, I don't have to use the value of mu to calculate the acceleration and tension?

6. Mar 23, 2016

### haruspex

Saloni, you need to read the Homework Forum rules. We do not do students' homework for them. We provide hints, point out mistakes in working and in concepts, etc, and guide the student to the answer. the only time you should post a full solution is if the student already has a solution but you want to show a better one.
On this occasion, it happens that your solution is wrong. As Melixa notes, you forgot about friction. So not much harm done.

7. Mar 23, 2016