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Find the tension between two train carts as the train brakes.

  1. Jan 24, 2014 #1
    This was from my last exam. I got this problem wrong. I feel like I should have known how to do it but I blanked out or something. Just coming here to figure out how it's supposed to be done.

    (This is from what I remember, numbers may be off from what was on the test)

    I know I got it wrong, but taking another look I think I have to take the net force and subtract all forces till I'm left with the tension. Not entirely sure though.

    I was at a blank and tried to equate both sides of "A" and solve for something I think. It looked silly.

    Relevant equations would be F=ma and possibly kinematics since all other problems on the test were kinematics. However, I'm convinced that this is just something dealing with subtracting forces. I just can't figure it out.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2014
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  3. Jan 24, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    What you do is draw a free-body diagram for each cart.
    Then apply F=ma for each one separately.
    Then solve the simultaneous equations.
     
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