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Two blocks and a pulley, friction

  1. Sep 30, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two masses are connected by a string which passes over a frictionless, massless pulley. One mass hangs vertically and one slides on a horizontal surface. The horizontal surface has a coefficient of kinetic friction 0.2. The vertically hanging mass is 4.0 kg and the mass on the horizontal surface is 6.0 kg. Find the acceleration of the mass.

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've basically done this problem without factoring friction, and this my problem, I don't know how to factor friction.

    a = (mBg)/(mA + mB) is what I used.

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  3. Sep 30, 2008 #2


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    You should look again at the tension in the string, is that the only condition that the tension needs to satisfy? What about the other block?
  4. Sep 30, 2008 #3
    Thanks for your reply.

    This was really as far as I got. Wouldn't the tension just apply once? As there is only one string?
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