Tug of war

A truck of mass \(3000~\mbox{kg}\) is harnessed to a trailer (Trailer A) of mass \(1000~\mbox{kg}\). The trailer is hooked to ANOTHER trailer (Trailer B) of mass \(500~\mbox{kg}\). The truck begins to accelerate to the right at \(1~\mbox{m/s}^2\), pulling the trailers along. What is the ratio of the force the truck exerts on Trailer A to the force Trailer A exerts on Trailer B?

Details and assumptions

  • Ignore friction.
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