1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The way my teacher makes us solve for accelleration in pulley problems is by calculating the net force of the system as a whole and then using F=ma, with the total mass and total net force. Are you supposed to solve for something like accelleration seperately for each mass or do all masses in a pulley have the same accelleration? 2. Relevant equations F=ma 3. The attempt at a solution Does it make sense to solve for the accelleration of the system as a whole or of the seperate masses? I'm not sure.