Mechanics help, resolving forces
Two particles P and Q of equal mass are connected by a light inextensible string. The string passes over a small smooth pulley which is fixed at the top of a fixed wedge. One face of the wedge is smooth and inclined to the horizontal at an angle of 30° and the other face of the wedge is rough and inclined to the horizontal at an angle of 60°. Particle P lies on the rough face and particle Q lies on the smooth face with the string connecting them taut. The coefficient of friction between P and the rough face is 0.5.
a Find the acceleration of the system.
b Find the tension in the string.
for Q resolving vertically : T-mgcos60 = ma
for P, resolving horizontal : S = mgcos60
and resolving vertically for P : mg- t + mgcos30 = ma
mg = 2s
is this so far correct? Am not sure if these equation are correct, or what to do next?
Any help appreciated.
Re: Mechanics help, resolving forces
forces acting on Q parallel to its incline ...
forces acting on P parallel to its incline ...
sum the two equations ...
calculate , then go back to either starting equation and calculate the tension force