Problem: A wheel of radius R = 0.20 m is mounted with frictionless bearing about an axle through its center. A light rope is wrapped around the wheel and an object of mass m = 5.0 kg is suspended from the free end of the rope. When the system is released from rest, the block descends with linear acceleration a = 2.0 m/s2. While the block is descending, what is the tension in the rope?

FREE Expert Solution
87% (26 ratings)
Problem Details

A wheel of radius R = 0.20 m is mounted with frictionless bearing about an axle through its center. A light rope is wrapped around the wheel and an object of mass m = 5.0 kg is suspended from the free end of the rope. When the system is released from rest, the block descends with linear acceleration a = 2.0 m/s2. While the block is descending, what is the tension in the rope?

Frequently Asked Questions

What scientific concept do you need to know in order to solve this problem?

Our tutors have indicated that to solve this problem you will need to apply the Torque on Pulley Systems concept. If you need more Torque on Pulley Systems practice, you can also practice Torque on Pulley Systems practice problems.

How long does this problem take to solve?

Our expert Physics tutor, Juan took 1 minute and 44 seconds to solve this problem. You can follow their steps in the video explanation above.