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Find an expression for the acceleration of m1.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I did this earlier, and looking back on it I have a question:

Sum of forces for m1:

Fx= F2 on 1= m1a1

Sum of forces for m2:

Fy = F1 on 2 + T1 - m2g = m2a2

I got the expression after substituting them into each other and saying a2 = -.5a1, I'm just wondering why you can say T1= F1 on 2 , because since there is acceleration, can you consider the tension throughout the rope to be the same?

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# Homework Help: Quick forces conceptual question

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