# Pulley system with collision etc....

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In summary, erobz, the system used for collision was all three masses, and the equation for the collision was found by taking the absolute dependant motion of the rope from part (c).
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Homework Statement
1. Two masses m1 and m2 are situated in a system with ideal pulleys as shown in the
figure. This system is in the vertical plane. A spring (constant k, rest length l0)
connects mass m1 with the ground.
Data: m1= 1.5 kg, m2 = 2 kg, m3= 1.5 kg, k = 50 N/m, ##l_0##= 0.4 m, h= 2 m.
a) The system is in rest at t = 0 s. Determine at that instance the tension in all
the ropes and the compression/extension of the spring.
b) Then, an extra mass m3 is dropped from a height h, hits mass m2 and sticks to
that mass. During this very short impact, the spring does not exert an impulse.
Determine the velocities of all the masses in the system right after the impact
and also the impulses exerted by the ropes.
c) How much energy was lost during the impact?
d) Determine the accelerations of all the masses right after the impact.
Relevant Equations
cons of energy, momentum, relative motion,....
Hello there, can I get some help with (b) please?
first of all I wanted to ask.. can is it permitted to use different systems in one exercises?
like f.e. for conservation of energy to find the velocity of ##m_3## I used as system only ##m_3## but for the collision I used the 3 masses as the system.

So what I need is one more equation which I can't find...
my work:

Conservation of energy (system = ##m_3##):
##0 = \frac12 * m_3 * v_3^2 - m_3 gh##
-> ##v_3 = \sqrt(2 * 9.81 * 2)## = ##6.264 \frac ms##

then for the collision: system = all 3 masses
## -m_3v_3 + J_T = -(m_2 + m_3)v' + m_1v'_1## impuls from gravity neglected and impuls from spring not accounted for as stated. Then getting another eq. from absolute dependant motion from the rope, we get:
##2s_1 + s' = l## with s' being the position from the fixed pulley to the combination of mass 2 and 3 and ##s_1## being the positoin for the pulley where ##m_1## is attached.
-> ##2v_1 + v' = 0 ## --> ##v' = -2v_1##

This gives me three equations.
Can someone give me a tip on the fourth one please? Thanks in advance.
edit: I was thinking about relative motion or conservation of energy after the collision, but can't see how it'll apply as I'll introduce new unkowns.

I feel like you have one too many masses involved in the first step?

If we look at part of the system as just ##m_2## and ##m_3## Impulse/Momentum:

$$\uparrow^+ J_T = - \left( m_2 + m_3 \right)v - \left( -m_3 v_3 \right) = m_3v_3 - \left( m_2 + m_3 \right)v$$

The impulse ##J_T## on ##m_2## and ##m_3## is caused by ##m_1## through the action of the pulley system ( the tension in the rope attached to ##m_2##).

I believe ##m_1## feels impulse ##2 J_T## acting on it.

$$\uparrow^+ 2 J_T = m_1 v_1$$

What do you think?

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Using that for (c) I get that the amount of energy converted to waste heat/sound etc... during the impact was ## 29.4 J - 11.4 J = 18 J##

erobz said:
Using that for (c) I get that the amount of energy converted to waste heat/sound etc... during the impact was ## 29.4 J - 11.4 J = 18 J##
Hey erobz, I had the same responses as you but only if I said that v = 2*v1. Because if v = -2*v1, then the impuls of the rope is negative and that's not possible for a rope.

## 1. What is a pulley system?

A pulley system is a simple machine that consists of a wheel with a groove around its circumference and a rope or cable that runs through the groove. It is used to lift or move heavy objects by reducing the amount of force needed to lift them.

## 2. How does a pulley system work?

A pulley system works by distributing the weight of an object evenly between multiple ropes and pulleys. This reduces the amount of force needed to lift the object, making it easier to move or lift.

## 3. What is a collision in a pulley system?

A collision in a pulley system occurs when the moving parts of the system come into contact with each other, causing a change in direction or speed. This can happen when the ropes or cables get tangled or when the weight of an object causes the pulleys to collide.

## 4. How can a collision be prevented in a pulley system?

To prevent collisions in a pulley system, it is important to properly set up and maintain the system. This includes making sure the ropes or cables are properly aligned and not tangled, and that the pulleys are securely attached. Regular maintenance and inspection can also help prevent collisions.

## 5. What are the advantages of using a pulley system?

The main advantage of using a pulley system is that it reduces the amount of force needed to lift or move heavy objects. This makes it easier and safer for humans to handle heavy loads. Additionally, pulley systems are simple and inexpensive to set up and can be used in a variety of applications, from construction to transportation.

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