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

Assume the three blocks (m1 = 1.0 kg, m2 = 2.0 kg, and m3 = 2.5 kg) portrayed in the figure below move on a frictionless surface and a force F = 48 N acts as shown on the 2.5-kg block.

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(a) Determine the acceleration given this system.

(b) Determine the tension in the cord connecting the 2.5-kg and the 1.0-kg blocks.

and

(c) Determine the force exerted by the 1.0-kg block on the 2.0-kg block.

2. Relevant equations

ƩF = ma

F-T = ma

3. The attempt at a solution

a) 48N = ma

a = 48/5.5 <----- sum of all masses

a = 8.73 m/s^2 (which was correct).

b) I made two FBD's, one with the mass of 1kg and another with 2.5kg.

for the first mass: T=ma for the second mass: F-T = ma substitute first equation into this one: 48-(ma)= ma

48= 2(ma)

a = 24/3.5 <--- 3.5 was the sum of the two masses

a = 6.857 m/s^2

Then substitute the new value of a into the first equation: T = 3.5(6.875)

T = 24 N (This was wrong)

c) ƩF= ma

F= 1kg(8.73) <------- this acceleration was found at the beginning, and was correct

F = 8.72N (which was wrong)

Your help would be really appreciated guys.

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# Finding the Tension of a cord between two masses

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