MNFL asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 8 years ago

a cart pulled by a mass hanging off a pulley. will the cart's acceleration be equal to g?

a laboratory-cart is being pulled along a table by a mass that is hanging off a pulley at the end of the table. will the cart's acceleration be equal to the acceleration due to gravity?


!! PS: the solution should lie in 'simple' kinematics concepts !!

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  • Steve
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    a = g*[1 - (1+µ)/(1+M/Mc)]

    where µ = coefficient of friction of the table, M = hanging mass and Mc = cart mass.

    You can see that the expression in the brackets will always be less than 1.0

    Source(s): My 'cheat sheet' of physics formulae
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