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Homework Help: Newton's Law of Acceleration

  1. Oct 6, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 10.0-kg mass on a frictionless table is accelerated by a 5.0-kg mass hanging from a table. Calculate the acceleration of the mass on the table. (It gives a picture but I can draw it if nobody can picture the diagram).

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Okay, so I don't even know if I'm going in the right direction but I did this so far:
    I solved for the force for the 5.0 kg block which is the one hanging from the table.
    F = (5.0 kg)(9.8 m/s^2)
    F = 49 N

    And now I'm just stuck.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
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  3. Oct 7, 2008 #2


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    Draw a free body diagram of each block and find the net forces acting on them.
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