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Homework Help: Rotation dynamics pulley concept confusion plz help

  1. Jul 17, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A light string is passed over a pulley and two masses m1 and m2 are suspended from the two free ends. The pulley is a uniform circular disc of mass M. Find the linear acceleration of the two masses. Friction may be neglected.

    2. Relevant equations
    I through center of the disc = MR^2 /2
    The answer is a= (m2-m1)g / (m1+m2+M/2)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I drew 3 free body diagrams separately, and get T-m1g = m1a..(1)
    1/2 MR^2 (a/R) = 2TR (2 tension acting both clockwise if I assume m2 is on the right hand side and it is heavier than m1) ...(3)
    Plz point out what's wrong in each equation 1,2,3, thxxxx
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  3. Jul 17, 2016 #2
    You are wrong in 2TR because the tension direction opposite and also the rope's tension isn't same in this equation. I will add true equations in few minutes
  4. Jul 17, 2016 #3
    If i use torque
    If there is misunderstanding in your mind, you will ask me.
  5. Jul 17, 2016 #4
    Thank you. I got it.
  6. Jul 17, 2016 #5
    You are welcome
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