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## Homework Statement

Given:

*g*=9.8 m/s

^{s}

Given: A uniform flexible chain whose mass is 7 kg and length is 5 m.

Given: A small frictionless pulley whose circumference is negligible compared to the length of the chain.

Problem: Initially the chain is hung over the pulley with nearly equal lengths of both side but just unequal enough so that the unstable equilibrium condition will let the chain start to move. After some time, the longer end of the chain is a distance

*l*=3.8m down from the pulley's axle. Find the acceleration

*a*of the chain when the chain is at this position. Find the velocity

*v*of the chain when

*l*=3.8 m.

## Homework Equations

y

_{cm}=[tex]\frac{y_{1}m_{1}+y_{2}m_{2}}{m_{total}}[/tex]

[tex]\sum[/tex][tex]\vec{F}[/tex]=m[tex]\vec{a}[/tex]

[tex]\vec{a}[/tex]

_{cm}=[tex]\frac{1}{M}[/tex][tex]\sum[/tex]m

_{i}[tex]\vec{a}[/tex]

_{i}=[tex]\sum[/tex][tex]\vec{F}[/tex]

[tex]\vec{v}[/tex]

_{cm}=[tex]\frac{1}{M}[/tex][tex]\sum[/tex]m

_{i}[tex]\vec{v}[/tex]

_{i}=[tex]\sum[/tex][tex]\vec{F}[/tex]

## The Attempt at a Solution

I've attempted this problem in a half a dozen different ways. I used the above equations, I realigned my axes to the pulley and to the bottom of the system, I drew free body diagrams for each side separately and the system as a whole, I even used kinematics to find the time to travel the given distance (Why? I'm not quite sure!) I don't know what other methods to use. I'm just hoping that its not something silly like I miscalculated my center of mass!!!

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!