Prelab rotational motion question

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There is an experimental set up that looks like the attitude file.
1) for mass hanging down the pulley write newton's second law
2)since the sensor measures α find substitute a with a variable containing α
3) for the drum (horizontal pulley) find another equation for torque other than τ = Iα
4) combine eqn 1-3 to find an equation for τ via, T, a, r and α

The attempt at a solution
1) ma=mg-T
2) a = αr
3) τ = Tr
4) τ = m(g-αr) r
 

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Simon Bridge
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That would be the torque exerted at the rim of the pulley by the hanging mass.
Looks OK to me - if you have doubts, try to reason through what the equations mean.
 

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