Two blocks, each of mass m are hung from the ceiling of an elevator as in the figure below. The elevator has an upward acceleration a. The strings have negligible mass.
Find the tensions T1 and T2 in terms of m, a, and g.
Which string would break first if a was sufficient large?
What are the tensions if the cable supporting the elevator breaks?
F = ma
The Attempt at a Solution
My answers were:
T1 = 2(ma + mg)
T2 = ma + mg
the upper string would break first
T1 = 2(-ma + mg)
T2 = -ma + mg
can anyone please check my work and see if these answers are correct? thanks
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