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Unformatted text preview: Since m 2 > m 1 , we take our positive directions for m 1 and m 2 upward and downward respectively. In these coordinate systems, m 1 and m 2 have the same acceleration. Newtons 2 nd law yields m 1 a = T m 1 g, m2a = m 2 g T Solving these equations for a, we get (m 1 + m 2 )a = (m 2 m 1 )g a = (m 2 m 1 )g/(m 1 + m 2 ) = (1.5 + 0.25t)g/(4.5 0.25t) The rate of change in the acceleration is da/dt = 1.5g/(4.5 0.25t) 2 At t = 2 s, we have da/dt(t = 2 s) = 1.5g/(4.50.252) 2 = 0.919 m/s 3 b) When does the acceleration reach its maximum value? The acceleration of the blocks increases with time. Therefore, the maximum acceleration is achieved when the mass of block 1 becomes zero. 1.5 0.25t = 0 t = 6.00 s...
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