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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Two blocks m1 (11 kg) and m2 (18 kg) are connected by strings, as shown in the below. String 2 breaks when T2 = 4.9033 N. Find T1 when string 2 breaks.

Answer in units of N. (Blocks are on a flat surface, not hanging)

m1----(T2)-----m2----(T1)---->

2. Relevant equations

F = ma

Not sure if any others are necessary, I don't believe so. Friction not included in this problem.

3. The attempt at a solution

Before the string snaps, if T2 = 4.9033 N, at that point, the acceleration of m1 = T2/m1 = .44575454545 m/s/s. I assume acceleration across the whole system would be the same, making the T1 = (18 kg + 11 kg)(.445754545 m/s/s), but I am completely stuck on what happens after the string breaks...does the acceleration remain the same and make T1 = .445754545 m/s/s * 18 kg = 8.02358 N?

Also, its my first time here, did I include enough relevant info in my post? Any feedback greatly appreciated, thanks!

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# Homework Help: Tension between two blocks!

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