Dynamics of a particle moving in a straight line

1. May 4, 2013

Googl

Hi all,

Sorry if I have posted in the wrong place. I am not to familiar with the forum titles and new setting. I have an argument and this is not homework.

Suppose two particles P and Q of masses 2m and m respectivily are attached to the ends of a light inextensible string which passes over a smooth fixed pulley. They both hang at a distance of 2m above the horizontal ground. The system is released from rest.

Given that particle Q does not reach the pulley, Find the greatest height that Q reaches above the ground.

I know how to find final velocities, decelerations etc through the system for each particle. I have got a total distance of 4.66m, however the answer is 2.66 which I am thinking is wrong.

Since both particles hung 2m above ground Q will be at a distance of 4m as soon as P hits the ground and then continue a small distance of 0.665m during the deceleration span due to the tension in the string.

Am I right.

Thank you.

2. May 4, 2013