# Physics: Two boxes and a Cord?

A. F/M2

B. F/ M1

C. F/M1 + M2

D. 2F/M1+M2

• ?
4 weeks ago

The masses can be considered as a single mass, since they are connected. (The length of the cord can be arbitrarily short — so short that the masses are effectively one.)

So the mass being accelerated is M₁ + M₂. F = Ma, so a = F/M = F/(M₁ + M₂).

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• oldschool
4 weeks ago

Both blocks have the same acceleration = F/(M1+M2) which is choice C. if you add the parenthesis.

• ?
4 weeks ago

By Newton’s Second Law, F = (M₁ + M₂)*a

and so the acceleration is a = F/(M₁ + M₂) ◄ C closest

• ?
4 weeks ago

option C written this way : a = F/(m1+m2) …(parentheses do matter)