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Two objects with masses 4.90 and 2.10 hang 0.800 above the floor from the ends of a cord 7.20 long passing over a frictionless pulley. Both objects start from rest.

Find the maximum height reached by the 2.10 object.

  • physics -

    The heavier object will move .8 m down, thelighter will move up an additional .8m.

    max height= initial height+movement up.

    I am surprised this problem was given in physics.

  • physics -

    but how do you find the initial height?

  • physics -

    bob, you fail to understand that the tension force has accelerated the lighter object upwards; when the heavier object hits the floor, the lighter object still has upward velocity. the magnitude of this velocity is determined by the magnitude of the tension force.

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