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Solving for Tension with a massless cord

  1. Oct 24, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    One 2.0kg paint bucket is hanging by a massless cord from another 2.0 kg bucket, also hanging by a massless cord.

    a) If the buckets are at rest, what is the tension of each cord?
    b) If the two buckets are pulled upward with an acceleration of 1.30m/s2 by the upper cord, calculate the tension in each cord.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Don't know where to start :(
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2011
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  3. Oct 24, 2011 #2


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    To start, draw a picture of what is going on to help you organize your thoughts. F=ma would be a relevant equation.
  4. Oct 24, 2011 #3
    Draw a free body diagram of each can separately.
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