Tensions between a Chain of Blocks
Four blocks initially at rest are joined by a cable. Three of them slide on a table (with coefficient of kinetic friction ) and the fourth hangs from a pulley. You can vary the masses of the first three blocks; the fourth block's mass is constant at 3 kg. This Demonstration calculates the tensions and acceleration of the components of the system.
The equations for the tensions and accelerations are
, where is the acceleration due to gravity,