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I'm currently doing a lab that focuses on a pulley and have got stuck on on part.

The goal here is to use the data from the Atwood’s pulley experiment to test the validity of (m1-m2)g=(m1+m2+1/R^2)a. In this equation, take the quantity (m1−m2)g as the y variable and the acceleration a as the x variable. This makes the equation linear. What does the slope and the y-intercept correspond to in this equation?

Regarding the y-intercept, it is expected to be zero according the equation. However, you will probably get a non-zero value for the y-intercept! What could be the reasons behind this deviation? Did we miss something while deriving the equation? Include a clear argument regarding this issue in your lab report.

2. Relevant equations

(m1-m2)g=(m1+m2+1/R^2)a

y=mx+b

3. The attempt at a solution

I honestly don't see what they are really asking in this situation. By looking at the equation as though it fits y=mx+b, the slope would be (m1+m2+1/R^2) however I am unsure as to what that is supposed to imply.

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# Homework Help: Motion of the System (Pulley)

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