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    a string passes over a rough cylindrical rail, object of mass 10kg and 12kg attached to the ends gang vertically on either side. because of friction between the string and the rail, when the objects are in motion the tension in the string on the descending side is twice the tension on the ascending side, find the acceleration of the system. the answer is 0ms^-2
    idk how they did that please help and tell me how they did it
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    Firstly, have you attempted to draw a diagram with all forces labelled?
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    (Original post by swagadon)
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    Can you provide a scan of the question, or a link to it, so we can see the exact wording.

    I suspect it's the case of, IF the masses are in motion then one tension is twice the other, and this leads to a contradiction, and so we conclude that the masses are not in motion, and acceleration is zero.

    But, I'd really like to see the original question.

    A similar thread.
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    (Original post by ghostwalker)
    Can you provide a scan of the question, or a link to it, so we can see the exact wording.

    I suspect it's the case of, IF the masses are in motion then one tension is twice the other, and this leads to a contradiction, and so we conclude that the masses are not in motion, and acceleration is zero.

    But, I'd really like to see the original question.

    A similar thread.
    yeah it was the exact same question on the similar thread i just didnt put the a b c cuz im lazy haha, but i was stuck on c) do you know how to do it? its really stressing me out haha
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    (Original post by swagadon)
    yeah it was the exact same question on the similar thread i just didnt put the a b c cuz im lazy haha, but i was stuck on c) do you know how to do it? its really stressing me out haha
    exact same method as in the other thread

    solve with simultaneous equations
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    So, as ghostwalker says

    When m=12 this leads to a contradiction

    Therefore there is no motion taking place
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    (Original post by TenOfThem)
    So, as ghostwalker says

    When m=12 this leads to a contradiction

    Therefore there is no motion taking place
    yeah but how would you know that theres no motion? it doesnt tell you,andyou wouldnt know the answer
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    (Original post by swagadon)
    yeah but how would you know that theres no motion? it doesnt tell you,andyou wouldnt know the answer
    It says WHEN in motion ... blah blah blah

    Since the blah blah blah cannot be true the is no motion

    So it does tell you
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    (Original post by swagadon)
    yeah but how would you know that theres no motion? it doesnt tell you,andyou wouldnt know the answer
    You start by assuming that there is motion. Note that the question says that one tension is twice the other WHEN there is motion. Show that this leads to a contradiction (in this case the acceleration works out as negative). And therefore you can conclude that there is no motion.

    It's an unusual question for A-level.
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    (Original post by ghostwalker)

    It's an unusual question for A-level.
    It certainly is.

    I do not think it is an actual A Level exam question.
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    (Original post by ghostwalker)
    You start by assuming that there is motion. Note that the question says that one tension is twice the other WHEN there is motion. Show that this leads to a contradiction (in this case the acceleration works out as negative). And therefore you can conclude that there is no motion.

    It's an unusual question for A-level.
    ahhh i see,how did you know that? haha is it in any of the other mechanics modules?
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    (Original post by swagadon)
    ahhh i see,how did you know that? haha is it in any of the other mechanics modules?
    When you say "how did you know that", which bit are your refering to?
 
 
 
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