# Homework Help: Calculate the speed of the Cylinder in the pulley system

1. Feb 24, 2013

### Northbysouth

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Each of the two systems is released from rest. Calculate the speed v of each 47-lb cylinder after the 38-lb cylinder has dropped 5.2 ft. The 17-lb cylinder of case (a) is replaced by a 17-lb force in case (b).

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2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I think I should use U1 + K1 = U2 + K2

But I'm not quite sure how I should interpret the situation with this formula. I had thought:

47lbf*5.2ft - 55lbf*5.2ft = 0.5*m*v2

But I'm not sure if this is the right way to look at it.

Any help is appreciated

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2. Feb 24, 2013

### Northbysouth

I've managed to figure out part A

m1gh = m2gh + .5m1v2+.5m2v2

(47lb)(5.2ft) = (55lb)(5.2ft) + .5(47lb/32.2)v2 + .5(55/32.2)v2

solving for v gives me:

v = 5.1187 ft/sec

I had thought that for part B I would be able to use the same equation but use a reduced mass, 38 instead of 55 but it doesn't work.

Input on this would be greatly appreciated.

3. Feb 24, 2013

### haruspex

Something crossed over there - that would give a negative value for the gain in KE. I guess that was just an error in the post.
That should work. Pls post the details.