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Ok, I can understand this problem, I have read it's solution, can see how it is arrived at... but I can't understand WHY it is true.
It's a traditional double Atwood's machine... have to find the accelerations of the three particles.
I can understand how they got the equations, for the second pulley, T1 = 2*T2. The force equations for the masses are straightforward too. The "conservation of string" equation is... a1 = (a2 + a3)/2 which is.... ok, I guess.
But, I have trouble understanding the solution. For, the acceleration of m1 is
a1 = g*(4*m2*m3  m1*(m2+m3))/(4*m2*m3 + m1*(m2+m3)).
Now, What if I imagine the pulley 2 system as a black box, of mass m2+m3?
I'll get the equation for a1 as g*(m1  (m2+m3))/(m1+m2+m3) .
So, why can't we imagine the second system as a black box?
There's some obvious reason here, I'm sure, but I just can't get it. :(
It's a traditional double Atwood's machine... have to find the accelerations of the three particles.
I can understand how they got the equations, for the second pulley, T1 = 2*T2. The force equations for the masses are straightforward too. The "conservation of string" equation is... a1 = (a2 + a3)/2 which is.... ok, I guess.
But, I have trouble understanding the solution. For, the acceleration of m1 is
a1 = g*(4*m2*m3  m1*(m2+m3))/(4*m2*m3 + m1*(m2+m3)).
Now, What if I imagine the pulley 2 system as a black box, of mass m2+m3?
I'll get the equation for a1 as g*(m1  (m2+m3))/(m1+m2+m3) .
So, why can't we imagine the second system as a black box?
There's some obvious reason here, I'm sure, but I just can't get it. :(
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