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Homework Help: ARGH this is giving me a headache

  1. Nov 30, 2004 #1
    ARGH this is giving me a headache....

    I was cruising along fine until rotational dynamics, which heck, I thought I understood fine anyways, but apparently I was wrong. Ok, one problem that's killing me is as follows:
    A pulley(in the form of a uniform disk)with mass 79kg and radius .18m is attached to the ceiling and rotates with no friction about its pivot. Acceleration of gravity is 9.8m/s^2, masses are connected by massless cord. You have the pulley hanging from a cord which weighs 79kg(the pulley does, not the cord), on its left is hanging a 55kg weight, and 1.3m below it but hanging on the other side is a 31kg weight, the tension in cord running from the 31kg weight to the pulley is the goal here, and I'm stumped. I got the moment of inertia of the pulley as 1.2798, and was mostly kinda fumbling in the dark from there. I think T1(the tension I'm looking for)can be given by T1-mg=ma, so I need to find a, which I guess I can get from finding the angular acceleration, which is hurting me:(

    Other stumping question...well, it's hard to describe, but you have 3 forces being exerted on a 7.2kg wheel, outer radius and an inner radius, and it wants the magnitude of the net torque, which I THOUGHT was easy, but obviously I need to do something with that mass, which I didn't, so I have no clue as well
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  3. Nov 30, 2004 #2
    That is one heavy pulley!

    There are only two forces acting on the 31kg mass, gravity and tension. You can solve for the 31kg's acceleration (it's the same as the entire system) without using tension, so then you throw this acceleration at F_g + T = ma and solve for T.

    However, this problem has a few potentially tricky calculation parts, so your error might not be in the concepts. Show your work if this doesn't help you.

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