Just got owned on this exam question

• anotherghost
In summary, the conversation discusses a problem involving two masses, a pulley with radius R, and a frictionless peg. The goal is to find the acceleration of m1, the tensions of the rope on each side of the pulley, the angular velocity of the pulley, and the inertia of the pulley. The conversation mentions the given variables of m1, m2, radius R, and the distance traveled by m2 in 5 seconds. The conversation also includes attempts at solving the problem using conservation of energy and free-body diagrams, as well as the realization that the missing variable of the pulley's mass is needed to fully solve the problem.
anotherghost

Homework Statement

You've got two masses, m1 and m2, hanging from opposite ends of a rope that goes over a pulley with radius R. Both the masses are suspended by the rope alone and the pulley is on a frictionless peg. M2 moves down by x2 meters in 5 seconds. I believe that's all the variables we were given - m1, m2, radius R, and 2 meters in 5 seconds. EDIT: The pulley doesn't slip.

Now find the accelleration of m1, the tensions of the rope on each side of the pulley, the angular velocity of the pulley, and the inertia of the pulley.

The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea how to do this without being given the mass of the pulley or its inertia.

Started out with m1gx + m2gx = (1/2)m1v^2 + (1/2)m2v^2 + (1/2)I(V/R)^2 + m1g*2x.

Since the question asks for acceleration, you probably don't want to use conservation of energy because conservation of energy equations have no acceleration terms. Instead, use plain old free-body diagrams and Newton's second law.

Since the acceleration is constant and d=v0t+(1/2)at^2, you can calculate acceleration with the fact that m2 dropped by 5 m in 2 s. See where this takes you.

Oh man, duh. I can't believe I didn't see that. I can get the rest of it if I have that a no problem. Guess I'll just have to chalk that one up to a brain fart, hope I'll still get partial credit. :)

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