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

A box of mass m2=3.5 kg rests on a frictionless horizontal shelf and is attached by strings to bodes of masses m1 = 1.5 kg and m3 = 2.5kg. Both pulleys are frictionless and massless. The system is released from rest. After it is released, find (A) the acceleration of each of the boxes, and (B) the tension in each string.

T1=M1*g-M1*accel

T2=M2*g-M3g-M3*accel

Fn=M2*G

-T1+T2 = M3*accel

2. Relevant equations

Summation of Force in the x direction = m * acceleration. I set up three of these equations one for each object. I also set up the equation summation of force in the y direction = m * acceleration for m2 on a horizontal shelf.

3. The attempt at a solution

I have attempted to find ways of plugging the different equations into the other equations to produce the acceleration, but have failed to get the answer the textbook gets. Which is 1.3.

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