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This is not a homework problem. It was a problem posed by my professor at the end of the semester but had me puzzled for a while. I was able to satisfactorily solve it for the case when gravity is not present but I was not so successful with gravity.

The question is: to determine the trajectory of the mass m1, in terms of

-mass (m2),

-initial length (initial radius r0) of the pendulum and

-the initial angle (theta0) that the string makes with respect to the side of the table and

-the initial distance of m2 from the pulley nearest to it (x0).

Solution would be appreciated. Or, explanation of why a college freshman can not solve such a problem would also do.

Thank you.

H.G.

The question is: to determine the trajectory of the mass m1, in terms of

-mass (m2),

-initial length (initial radius r0) of the pendulum and

-the initial angle (theta0) that the string makes with respect to the side of the table and

-the initial distance of m2 from the pulley nearest to it (x0).

Thank you.

H.G.

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