The Acceleration of a Two-Block System

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This Demonstration depicts a two-block problem; it assumes the value of the acceleration due to gravity, , to be 9.8 . The masses of the blocks are indicated by their shade of blue.

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One block, of mass , rests on a smooth horizontal surface and is attached to a cord of negligible mass with tension . The normal force acts on this block.

The other block, of mass , hangs vertically off the edge of the surface and is attached to the other end of the cord.

What is the acceleration, , of the blocks?

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


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