# Masses on incline plane and pulley.

1. Nov 5, 2009

### i<3physics

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A suspended 2.87 kg mass is moving up, a 1.5 kg mass slides down the ramp, a suspended 8.4 kg mass on the left is moving down. There is friction between the block and the ramp. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2 . The pulleys are massless and frictionless.

Find the acceleration of the 3 block system.
Here is a diagram

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2. Relevant equations

F=ma
Friction=μN
F parallel: mgsinφ
F perpendicular: mgcosineφ

3. The attempt at a solution

Sumation equation I set up (mass 1= 8.4kg, mass 2=1.5kg, mass 3=2.87kg mt=total mass)

m1g-m2g(sinφ)-friction-m3g=mtg

after the numbers are plugged in:

(8.4)(9.8)-(1.5)(9.8)sin36-(0.14)(1.5)(9.8)cos36-2.87(9.8)=12.77a

acceleration would equal=3.43 m/s2

is this correct?

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2. Nov 6, 2009

### Jshua Monkoe

i think your attempt is exactly what the question required

3. Nov 6, 2009

### i<3physics

I figured it out....

I was forgetting to add the parallel force to the driving force.

All is well now, thanks!