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Homework Help: Question involving 2 pulleys and 2 masses.

  1. Feb 17, 2016 #1

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If the magnitude of the acceleration of block m1 is a, what is the magnitude of the acceleration of block m2?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    The answer is 2a. Is it because the top string of the right pulley is adding string, while simultaneously, the lower string is subtracting string while the right pulley goes left pulling mass2? The motion is constrained by the pulley. The result would cause the mass2 to go twice the distance than mass 1. Since distance is related to acceleration, acceleration is twice as well.
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  3. Feb 17, 2016 #2


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    your explanation is very good however I would add that distance is related to acceleration and time, and the time for each mass to move its respective distance is the same.
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