a man with mass m=66kg is standing on top of a platform with mass M=120kg. The man is pulling himself up using a pair of ropes suspended over massless pulleys. he pulls each rope with force of F=600N and is accelarating towards the ceiling at acceleration a. g=9.8 m/sec^2. find the value of a in m/sec^2.
* - pulley
[tex]\sum F = ma[/tex]
The Attempt at a Solution
I tried treating the man and the platform as one body but i got negative acceleration, as if the man was accelerating away from the ceiling. I would like to see how you guys solve this problem.