## Homework Statement

. question is as attached. answer is 2f/5..how do u get this?

F=ma
F= (5m)a
a= F/(5m)

## The Attempt at a Solution

gotten a=F/5m , but why the answer is 2f/5?

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What force is necessary to produce your calculated acceleration in the second block?

F?

No... you calculated the specific $a$, now put that back into $F=ma$ along with the second block's mass

Unfortunately the confusion between the abstract "F" and the specific "F" in this problem is perhaps making understanding a little harder than it should be.

I see. Why not use the mass 3m?

haruspex
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I see. Why not use the mass 3m?
Either will do provided you bring all relevant forces acting on the mass into the equation.

but if i were to use f=3m, and a is F/5m, i wouldnt get 2f/5 as the answer

haruspex