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Tension rope and pulley problem

  1. Oct 26, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    mass 1=mass 2= 5
    theta=30

    Mass 1 and mass 2 are connected by a rope on a pulley. Mass 1 is on an incline of 30 degrees, and mass 2 is hanging vertically. Find the tension of



    3. The attempt at a solution

    mgsin(theta)= force of gravity of mass 1 down the incline

    mg= weight force of mass 2

    mg+mgsin(theta)=Tension


    The correct answer is (g(mass1)(mass2)(1+sin(theta)))/(mass1+mass2)

    Can anyone please help me uderstand how to arrive at the correct answer?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 26, 2009 #2
    If the question needs more clarification to be answered just let me kow.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2009 #3
    2. The only relevant equation I can think of F=ma
     
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