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Pulleys/Static equilibrium

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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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Homework Equations



Conditions for static equilibrium so that angular acceleration=0:
[tex]\sum[/tex]Torque=0

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

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