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Homework Help: Pulleys/Static equilibrium

  1. May 12, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the mass m of the counterweight needed to balance the 1600 kg truck on the incline. Assume all pulleys are frictionless and massless.

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    2. Relevant equations

    Conditions for static equilibrium so that angular acceleration=0:

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We're learning about rotational dynamics and torque and I honestly cannot make the connection between that and this problem. Please help ):

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  3. May 12, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi xdevinx! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    I can't see the diagram yet, but if this is a standard weight-pulley-weight problem, then rotational dynamics and torque and irrelevant …

    just call the tension T, and use good ol' Newtons second law twice (once on each weight). :wink:
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