Falling Mass Attached to a Rigid Pulley

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A point mass is attached to a thin, dark, flexible lucite rod of length that can support both tension and compression. The rod is attached horizontally to the top of a rigid fixed disk of radius . The mass is released and allowed to move under the influence of gravity .

Contributed by: Sarah Lichtblau (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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Developed from the teaching materials of Thomas Peacock and David Gossard for Course 2.003 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT.

The equation of motion of the mass is .



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