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MrDickinson

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m2 is the tug boat

The question doesn't state it explicitly, but I assume that both masses are undergoing acceleration because the tug boat is experiencing a change in velocity. I assume the system accelerates uniformly, and I assume that m1 and m2 accelerate together and experience the same Δv/Δt.

Here, the tug boat is causing the large ship to accelerate; therefore, my reasoning is that the force exerted by the tug boat on the cruise ship must be greater than the force exerted by the cruise ship on the tug boat.

Apparently, I am wrong.

Can someone please explain this to me, with equations and free-body-diagrams if possible. Please include a verbal explanation of your reasoning as well, if possible.

Thanks