In this problem, we're calculating the **acceleration** that a Force would give to a specific mass.

As usual for any problem that involves a **system of objects**, we'll follow these steps:

- Draw
**free-body diagrams**for each object we're interested in (this step is not necessary for this particular problem since we have only one force). - Write Newton's Second Law Equation
**∑F=ma**for each object. **Solve**for the target variable

We know that the **force** is the **same **in this case.

A certain force gives an object of mass *m*_{1 }an acceleration of 12.0 m/s^{2} and an object of mass *m*_{2} an acceleration of 3.30 m/s^{2}. What acceleration would the force give to an object of mass

(a) *m*_{2} − *m*_{1} and

(b) *m*_{2} + *m*_{1}?

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