# Laws of Motion question?

1. Sep 11, 2010

### ooohlala

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

In the system shown all pulleys are light and smooth and all strings are light and inextensible. A block of mass m = 20 kg is attached to the movable pulley. A constant force, F, applied at the free end of the string, makes the point of application of force move down with a constant acceleration of 4 m/s^2. The applied for F is (g = 10 m/s^2)

a) 40 N
b) 80 N
c) 120 N
d) 160 N

2. Relevant equations

F = ma

For the block,

mg - 2T = ma
20*10 - 2T = 20a
200 - 2T = 20a

For the free end of the string,

F - T = ma

But there is no mass. Hence

F - T = 0
F = T

3. The attempt at a solution

Is what I have done so far correct? I know that the free end of the string and the block have different accelerations, but how do I relate them? The figure for this is here:

http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/166/47373170.png [Broken]

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2. Sep 11, 2010

### PhanthomJay

You are correct so far. Now all you have to do is determine the acceleartion of the mass. You're given that the acceleration of the point force is 4m/s^2. Now you have to do a little imagination to realize that if the Force, F, moves down say 2 feet, the 2nd pulley and mass must move up by___ ft. (The acceleration of the mass will be less than 4). Watch your signage in your first equation for the mass acceleration.

Last edited: Sep 11, 2010