The apparatus (see link to image) is used to measure the free fall acceleration g by measuring the acceleration of the two blocks connected by a string over a pulley. Asume a massless, frictionless pulley and a massless string.
a) draw a free body diagram of each block
b)use the free body diagrams and Newton's laws to show that the magnitude of acceleration of either block and tension in string are a=(m1-2)/(m1+2)
c)do these expressions give reasonable results if m1=m2 in the limit that m1 >> m2 and in the limit that m1 << m2 ? Explain
The Attempt at a Solution
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