# Two Blocks attached by a string, on an incline

1. Sep 19, 2014

### stripedcat

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
In the diagram mA is equal to 3.00 kg and mB is equal to 1.07 kg. The angle of the inclined plane is 38.0°

(a) Find Acceleration: 6.03 m/s^2 (got this part)
(b) Find the tension Tb in the connecting string: Not sure
2. Relevant equations

(a) a = (F/mA + mB)
(b) t = mA * a? or mB * a? Not sure

3. The attempt at a solution

Obviously my mA * a and mB * a both didn't work, I'm not sure what the formula should be.

2. Sep 19, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

What forces act on each block? Draw yourself a free body diagram for one of the masses. Then by applying Newton's 2nd law, you can solve for the tension.

3. Sep 19, 2014

### stripedcat

I'm sorry, but... What?

The force that acts on each block is gravity, 9.8 * sin theta. That's how I got acceleration.

T = m(g+a)? But is that mA or mB?

4. Sep 19, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Right, but you left it out in your two formulas for tension.

Do this. Pick a block. Doesn't matter which. Then find ∑F for that block. Direction matters: call down the incline positive.

5. Sep 19, 2014

### stripedcat

Woops, sorry. O_O I missed that.

3 * (9.8 + 6.03) = 47.49

I don't know what the summation F means. Sum of forces on the block?

I usually have practice problems so I can play with them until I figure out how to do them, no such luck on this one.

6. Sep 19, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Yes.

Did you pick a block? Which one? What forces act on it? What's their sum?