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An ideal string passes over a fixed pulley and carries masses M1 = 12kg and M2 = 8kg tied at its end. Calculate the acceleration of masses and tension in the string when released (g=10m/s2)

I know the answers are
a = 2 m/s^2
T = 96 N

But I don't know how to get there

asked by JC
  1. the net accelerating force is the difference in the weights (gravitational force) of the two masses

    a = f / m = (120 N - 80 N) / 20 kg

    find tension by looking at the smaller mass
    ... net force required for acceleration

    T - W = 8 kg * 2 m/s^2 ... T - 80 N = 16 N

    posted by Scott
  2. Thanks, Scott!!

    posted by JC

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