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I had an exercise like the image, where block A is pulled by a force F, there is that rope(tension) attached to the block B and the wall, and there is friction between A and B, and A and the ground, and the coefficent of friction is the same in both cases. The question asks us what is the intensity of the force required to start moving the blocks.

My doubt is: we know tension is only applied in block B, but are we supposed to apply it on block A as well? Because it is the only way I get a solution equal to the solutions of the book.
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  • $\begingroup$ The rope is attached to $B$. Therefore, there is no force from the rope on $A$. There must be another mistake in your work. $\endgroup$ – Jerry Schirmer Apr 22 '16 at 22:21
  • $\begingroup$ Have you drawn a free body diagram on A and B separately, or do you feel that you have advanced beyond the point where you need to use free body diagrams? $\endgroup$ – Chet Miller Apr 23 '16 at 12:07
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You can use these free body diagrams:

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  • $\begingroup$ You might want to mention that contact forces act in equal and opposite fashion on contacting bodies. $\endgroup$ – ja72 Apr 22 '16 at 23:08
  • $\begingroup$ @ja72 Notice how he cleverly used labels like "F2" to indicate which forces have the same magnitude as each other? It's very subtle. $\endgroup$ – Duncan Harris Apr 22 '16 at 23:44
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    $\begingroup$ @ja72 I want to mention that free body diagram is the most important thing for solving dynamics problems. $\endgroup$ – lucas Apr 23 '16 at 0:02
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    $\begingroup$ I agree, a good sketch is 90% of the problem usually. $\endgroup$ – ja72 Apr 23 '16 at 1:04
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I know what you say, that's How I did initially, and it gave me a wrong solution. I will post the exercise to you solve by yourself. If I got the same system, without the rope, considering there is friction between the blocks, and A and the ground, is there friction between the blocks while I'm pulling block B but the system doesnt start moving?

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  • $\begingroup$ You can answer your question by plotting free body diagrams of blocks. $\endgroup$ – lucas Apr 25 '16 at 12:03

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