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Mechanics Atwood-like Machine

  1. Oct 5, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=d277r7r_62gj8gsqcw


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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think that A will hit the side of the table before B reaches the edge because B will accelerate downward through a distance L/2 at a rate of g/2, which is the same speed that A will go sideways. B will accelerate sideways at a smaller rate, and since it would have to travel through a distance of L/2 at the same rate, or faster than, g/2 to hit the side before A fell over, thus A will fall over the side of the table before B hits the side. Is that right?
     
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