Posted by Lucy X on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:18pm.
(Apparently, I'm not allowed to post URLs, but this question is better illustrated by a diagram, i39. tinypic. com/ 17e336. jpg)
<P[BOX A]<Q[BOX B]<R[BOX C]
There are three boxes attached together with string and being pulled across a frictionless surface. Box A has a mass of 2 kg, box B has a mass of 4 kg and box C has a mass of 4 kg. The strings are labelled P, Q and R respectively.
The force of tension for string P is 250 N. I have to find the force of tension for strings Q and R.

On a system diagram of the entire system, I already found the acceleration (a = F/m = (250/10) = 25 m/s^2). This acceleration is the same for the whole system, right? But I don't know how to find the forces of tension for strings Q and R.
Any help?
Thanks.

Physics  bobpursley, Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:28pm
Yes, the acceleration is for all of them.
The tension on each string is the mass following that string times the acceleration. 
Physics  Anonymous, Monday, March 9, 2009 at 9:35pm
Then for FTQ (force of tension of string Q):
F=ma
=(8)(25)
=200 m/s^2
FTR
F=ma
=(4)(25)
=100 m/s^2
??