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Solving for Tension with a massless cord

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Homework Statement


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.


Homework Equations


F=ma


The Attempt at a Solution


Don't know where to start :(
 
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Answers and Replies

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lewando
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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.
 
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Draw a free body diagram of each can separately.
 

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