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    Mechanics Of A Pulley

    I'm going wrong somewhere but don't know where. Can someone help? Thanks in advance.
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    Q: Two particles P and Q of masses 3kg and 6kg respectively are attached to the ends of a light inextensible string. The string is released from rest with both masses a distance of 2m above a horizontal floor. Find how long it takes for the particle Q to hit the floor.
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    My attempt:

    (P): T - 3g = 3a ------------ (1)
    (Q): 6g - T = 6a ------------ (2)
    (1) + (2) \implies a=\frac{1}{3} ms^{-2}
    \therefore \text{Using }s=ut + \frac{1}{2} a t^2. \text{Where }s=2, u=0, a=\frac{1}{3}
    t= \sqrt \frac{2s}{a}
    t=3.46s
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    But...The real answer is t=1.11s so where have I gone wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    (P): T - 3g = 3a ------------ (1)
    (Q): 6g - T = 6a ------------ (2)
    (1) + (2) \implies a=\frac{1}{3} ms^{-2}
    Slow down! Where's the fire? Add these two equations again a bit more carefully:
    (T - 3g) + (6g - T) = (3a) + (6a)

    T - 3g + 6g - T = 3a + 6a

    -3g + 6g = 9a

    3g = 9a

    Do you see your mistake now?

    -Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    Slow down! Where's the fire? Add these two equations again a bit more carefully:
    (T - 3g) + (6g - T) = (3a) + (6a)

    T - 3g + 6g - T = 3a + 6a

    -3g + 6g = 9a

    3g = 9a

    Do you see your mistake now?

    -Dan
    Oh yes. My 'g' vanished in the equation.

    Thank you.
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