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Two packing crates of masses m1 = 10.0 kg and m2 = 3.50 kg are connected by a light string that passes over a frictionless pulley as in Figure P4.26. The 3.50 kg crate lies on a smooth incline of angle 37.0°. Find the acceleration of the 3.50 kg crate.

up the incline:
Find the tension in the string.:

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asked by Elisa
  1. You will have to describe figure P4.26
    Is the 10 kg mass hanging straight down?
    Is the 3.50 kg mas being pulled up an incline as the 10 kg mass falls?

    posted by Damon
  2. Assuming that the situation is as I described, call the string tension T and the acceleration a

    First the 10 kg mass falling
    m g - T = m a
    98 - T = 10 a

    Now the 3.5 kg mass sliding up the incline.
    T - m g sin 37 = m a
    T - 20.6 = 3.5 a
    add the two
    98 - 20.6 = 10 a + 3.5 a
    77.4 = 13.5 a
    a = 77.4/13.5

    posted by Damon
  3. The figure shows m1 going straight down and m2 on an incline.

    posted by Elisa

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