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Homework Help: Deriving a formula for atwoods Machine

  1. Mar 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Figure 5-53 shows Atwood's machine, in which two containers are connected by a cord (of negligible mass) passing over a frictionless pulley (also of negligible mass). At time t = 0 container 1 has m1 and container 2 has mass m2 with m1 < m2, but container 1 is losing mass (through a leak) at the constant rate r. (a) At what rate is the magnitude of acceleration of the containers changing at time t? (b) When will container 2 reach maximum acceleration? Express your answers in terms of the variables given and g.

    Just having trouble with this question, not sure where to go after obtaining

    a = (m2 - m1)g/(m2 + m1)
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