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Unformatted text preview: Ph1a Solutions 3 CheFung Chan (cchan@caltech.edu), Fall 2004 Each homework problem is worth 5 points. Please disregard the point values listed on the problem itself. Use these instead. 3.1 QP3 (5 points) 3.1.a (0.5 points) In terms of the lengths in the diagram, we have: l 1 = ( p 1 x 1 ) + R + ( p 1 p 2 ) = 2 p 1 x 1 p 2 + R l 2 = p 2 + R + ( p 2 x 2 ) = 2 p 2 x 2 + R 3.1.b (1 point) The free body diagrams are in Fig. 1. M M F F T T g g 2 1 1 2 Figure 1: QP3.b In the vertical direction, we have Newtons Laws: m 1 a 1 = T 1 m 1 g m 2 a 2 = T 2 m 2 g 3.1.c (1 point) Taking two time derivatives of the equations in part a gives: d 2 l 1 dt 2 = 0 = a 1 d 2 p 2 dt 2 d 2 l 2 dt 2 = 0 = 2 d 2 p 2 dt 2 a 2 From this, we get a 2 = 2 a 1 , or a 1 = ka 2 where k = 1 2 . 3.1.d (1 point) We can get the relationship between the tensions by considering Newtons Laws applied to the (massless) 2 nd pulley. For massless objects, the condition is that net force must be zero to avoid the unphysical result of infinite acceleration. The force diagram is Fig. 2 m P 2 a P 2 = T 1 2 T 2 m P 2 g 1 2 T T 1 T 2 Figure 2: QP3.d T 1 2 T 2 = 0 So we get T 1 = 2 T 2 , or T 1 = k 2 T 2 with k 2 = 2. 3.1.e (1 point) Solving for a 1 and T 2 is straightforward: T 2 = m 2 parenleftBig a 1 k parenrightBig + m 2 g = m 2 parenleftBig a 1 k + g parenrightBig m 1 a 1 = ( k 2 T 2 ) m 1 g m 1 a 1 = m 2 k 2 ( a 1 k + g ) m 1 g a 1 = ( m 2 k 2 m 1 ) kg km 1 k 2 m 2 T 2 = m 1 m 2 g ( k 1) km 1 k 2 m 2 Using the correct values of k = 1 / 2 and k 2 = 2, we get a 1 = 2 m 2 m 1 m 1 + 4 m 2 g T 2 = 3 m 1 m 2 g m 1 + 4 m 2...
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