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Homework Help: Atwood's Pulley Lab analysis question

  1. May 14, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I did a lab with the Atwood's machine...very simple, just measuring acceleration differences with different masses. In my lab report I need to answer this question though:

    given the formula (m1-m2)g=(m1+m2+I/R2)a, knowing that (m1-m2)g is given as the y-variable and "a" is given as the x-variable, explain what the slope and the y-intercept correspond to in this equation


    2. Relevant equations

    y=mx+b

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I figure that (m1+m2+I/R2) is slope, and I figure that the y-intercept equals zero, I just can figure out which experimental variables the y-intercept actually corresponds to...

    Any help would be appreciated!
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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