1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Note this problem is from Morin 3.28. The atwood machine has two masses, m. The axle of the bottom pulley has two string ends attached to it, as shown. Find the accelerations of the masses. A small diagram is attached below. Note, at the two loose ends of string, there is a mass m. And the blue dot on the bottom pulley represents the axle. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution T_1 - mg = ma_1 T_2 - mg = ma_2 So I figure since you have two separate strings attached, the respective tensions should be different. Although, trying to find an equation that relates a_1 to a_2 seems very challenging though. Can anyone possible steer me in the right direction?