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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics
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Short Answer

What is the acceleration of the block in across the frictionless table?

Hint: Think carefully about the acceleration constraint.

The acceleration of the block is

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Given information

mass of block

mass of block

All surfaces are frictionless.

Step 2: Explanation

Consider the Forces of two masses given in the

For block mass

For block mass

Considering the pulley is massless,


acceleration constraint

On substituting the above equations on block mass equation, we get

Therefore, the acceleration for is given by,

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