Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Pulley Question (Translation)

  1. May 19, 2008 #1
    Hey, I will post the actual question later. First of all I would like to just make sure I have interpreted the question correctly.

    The Question

    (a) By considering the motion of A, find, in terms of m and g, the tension in the string.

    What is it actually asking me here? In terms of, does that mean find a value for m and g or what?

    Thank you
    _Mayday_
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 19, 2008 #2

    Integral

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    It is looking for the tension. m and g, will appear as variables, in the expression for Tension.
     
  4. May 19, 2008 #3
    I'm sorry I don't understand that. Does that mean that m and g could be unknown?
     
  5. May 19, 2008 #4

    cristo

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor

    Yes, it just means leave m and g in as terms in the tension; you don't need to bother working out what they are.
     
  6. May 19, 2008 #5
    That is great news! That means I haven't gone wrong yet. I'll post the question here in a bit if I get stuck. Thanks to you both! :smile:
     
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook