Posted by Josh on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 3:02am.
A 390 kg motor boat, moving down a frictionless ramp, is connected over a massless pulley to a 193 kg counterweight that rests on a horizontal surface. The ramp is inclined by 28.6°, and the coefficient of kinetic friction between the couterweight and the horizontal surface is 0.507.
What is the tension in the rope connecting the boat and the counterweight?
Formula:
Xaxis: m1gcos0=mTa
m2gcos9=mTa
YAxis: mgsin0 = 0
So I'm really stuck here. I tried to figure out the relative formula's but I think I'm doing it wrong. I just need help getting started. Thanks!

Physics  bobpursley, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:48am
It is uncertain to me where the weight is, vertical or not to the pulley. It matters.
why are these questions labeled physics? Do you have a math teacher teaching physics?

Physics  drwls, Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:50am
I do not know why you have cos9 in the second formula, nor what mTa is supposed to mean. I suppose the number 0 is supposed to be theta (28.6 degrees.
There is no hyphen in coefficient.
I do appreciate your showing your work. Almost no one does that here anymore, and I wish they would.
You need to write two equations of motion: one for the direction of the boat down the ramp, and one for the counterweight in the horizontal direction. Rope tension T will be a second variable you must solve for with the two equations.
390*g sin28.6  T = 390 a
T  193*g*(0.507) = 193 a
You can eliminate T by adding the two equations. Once you have a, solve for T using either equation.
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