Hello: A picture is attached. I have 2 blocks that are attached to a horizontal pulley. One block (of 1Kg mass) is lying on top of another (of 2kg mass), and both are attached to two ends of the pulley (see attachment). The lower block is pulled by a rope with a tension force of 20N. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the lower block and the surface is 0.30. The coefficient between the lower and upper block is also 0.30. What's the acceleration of the 2kg block? Wouldn't we have to find out if the first block will slip or not? So then friction max = 9.8*1*0.3 = 2.94, which gives an acceleration max of only 2.94. So if we pulled with 20N - friction on lower block, we have 14.12, we could still make the top block slip. I think the top box will need to slip, because if it didn't, then the friction would need to be greater than tension, meaning that the maximum tension would be equal to the maximum of friction, or 2.94. So 20 - friction on lower block - 2.94 = 11.18, which would accelerate the lower by 5.59 m/s^2. Seems odd to me. I'm not sure how to determine the relationship between thee acceleration of the lower and upper blocks. The equations are: T - 1.0*9.8*0.3 = 1.0*a. 20 - 2.0*9.8*0.3 - T = 2.0*(a of the lower box). Thanks.