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What happens first, gravity and circular motion

  1. Sep 20, 2008 #1
    The system shown in the link consists of two identical blocks of mass M connected by a massless, flexible string of length 2L. The string passes through a massless pulley which is fixed to the corner of the supporting table. The string and the masses move with no friction, and gravity acts downward as usual. The system is allowed to move freely from the position shown in the figure. Which happens first:

    1) Block 1 hits the pulley, or
    2) Block 2 hits the wall?

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