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This is my first time posting. I see there is a protocol for making proper posts, so I am sorry if I make any errors.
I have a problem involving a system with an incline and three masses. A picture of the system is in the attachment labeled 15.1. I am to calculate the tension in each string and the acceleration of the system.
I have an idea for solving this problem and would like to know if I'm on the correct track. I divided the system up into two individual systems seen in attachments 15.2 and 15.3. My reasoning is that I should be able to calculate the first string tension (T1) in system one and then calculate the second string tension (T2) in system two. I would then use the difference between T1 and T2 to derive a net force on the entire system. With a net force I could then calculate the acceleration of the system as a whole.
Homework Statement
I have a problem involving a system with an incline and three masses. A picture of the system is in the attachment labeled 15.1. I am to calculate the tension in each string and the acceleration of the system.
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The Attempt at a Solution
I have an idea for solving this problem and would like to know if I'm on the correct track. I divided the system up into two individual systems seen in attachments 15.2 and 15.3. My reasoning is that I should be able to calculate the first string tension (T1) in system one and then calculate the second string tension (T2) in system two. I would then use the difference between T1 and T2 to derive a net force on the entire system. With a net force I could then calculate the acceleration of the system as a whole.
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