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Forces (moment of inertia) Question

  1. May 17, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    hi everyone,, I need an explanation for this question:
    A 1.0 kg block A is hanged by a light string from a pulley of mass
    M = 1.0 kg. Another block B of mass 4.0 kg is attached to a mass-less rope wound around a mass-less shaft. The pulley has a radius 260.0 Rcm= and the shaft has a radius. The block B is released from rest when it is at height h = 4.0 m above the ground. 130.0 cm R=
    The rotational inertia (moment of inertia) of the pulley with respect to its center of mass is.
    I(com)=0.5*M*R2^2

    (a) Find the angular acceleration of the pulley.
    (b) Find the accelerations of the blocks.
    (c) Determine the tensions in the strings.
    (d) Find the speeds of the block A and block B just before the block B hits the ground.


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Actually ,, I have the answer ,, but the problem I don't know how did he get the moment of inertia like that (in the attachment)
     

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  3. May 17, 2009 #2

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    You have the mass of the pulley and are told the equation to use to find its moment of inertia. Maybe you can restate your question.
     
  4. May 17, 2009 #3
    I mean shouldn't I=I(com)+M1R1^2+M2R2^2 ??
     
  5. May 17, 2009 #4

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    No, those masses are not rigidly attached to the pulley. The only thing rotating here is the pulley. Treat this as three separate objects: m1, m2, and m3.
     
  6. May 17, 2009 #5
    then the teacher's answer is wrong ? and TbR1-TaR2=I(com)*alfa only ?? not like his answer ? (in the attachment)
     
  7. May 17, 2009 #6

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    What makes you think that the teacher is doing anything other than TbR1-TaR2=I(com)*alfa? (Where I is just the rotational inertia of the pulley.) That's his equation #3.

    (You could lump them all together, but I would not advise it. Do it like your teacher did. Write three separate equations, then combine them.)
     
  8. May 17, 2009 #7
    aha ,, now I get it :) ,, actually I didn't focus on what he wrote ,, thanks again ,, am bothering you this day (my last day :D)
     
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