Inclined plane with friction, find kinetic energy.

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I need someone to double check it, because this was an exam given by my teacher and I am trying to solve it, but I do not have any results so I would like to know if I did it correctly or not. Thank you!

Homework Statement



Two blocks m1 = 50kg and m2= 100kg are attached to a rope as shown in figure. Pulley is massless. The angle of the inclined plane is pi/6 and the coefficient of kinetic friction is 0.250. Find the variation of kinetic energy if the body m1 goes up 20meters.


Homework Equations


F = ma
kinetic energy = 1/2 mv^2
kinetic friction = mu*normal force.

The Attempt at a Solution


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Delphi51
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Welcome to PF! Thanks for taking time to show your whole solution so clearly.

Over on the right side, where you first have "a =", it appears you are missing a "-m₂g" in the numerator. Also, the "μ*m₁*cos(30)" should have a factor of g as well. I end up with a negative acceleration (m₂ goes down) of about 4.
 
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Aw, how could I fall in such a stupid typos mistakes ! :(.
Thanks a lot, that's appreciated. Forgetting about the "numbers" is the reasoning correct ( I mean the use of the formulas) or is there anything wrong? Thanks a lot!
 
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Delphi51
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Yes, it all looks good! Nice use of variables right up to the calculation stage.
 
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Alright! Thanks a lot, I am grateful and I appreciate your help. Thanks again :)
 
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Most welcome.
 

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