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Homework Help: Newtons Law Problem: objects and pulleys

  1. Mar 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    three blocks attatched by cords that loop over frictionless pulleys. Block B lies on frictionless table, block a hangs off the left side of the table, while block c hangs off the right side. mass a= 6kg mass b= 8kg and mass c= 10kg. When the blocks are released, what is the tension in the cord at the right?

    2. Relevant equations
    Tension force= mgcos0

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i dont really have an attempt at the solution, i dont see where to go when only given the masses of the objects. Also, there is no angles involved so it eliminates some of my equations
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  3. Mar 11, 2008 #2

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    What else do you feel you need apart from the masses to proceed toward a solution? If angles had been given, how would you have set up the equations? Give an example, so that we can consider it further.
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