In this problem, we'll consider the following kinematic equations:

$\overline{){\mathbf{\u2206}}{\mathbf{x}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbf{v}}}_{{\mathbf{0}}}{\mathbf{t}}{\mathbf{+}}\frac{\mathbf{1}}{\mathbf{2}}{\mathbf{a}}{{\mathbf{t}}}^{{\mathbf{2}}}}$

As shown in Figure P8.46, a light string that does not stretch changes from horizontal to vertical as it passes over the edge of a table. The string connects m_{1}, a 3.50-kg block originally at rest on the horizontal table at a height h = 1.20 m above the floor, to m_{2}, a hanging 1.90-kg block originally a distance d = 0.900 m above the floor. Neither the surface of the table nor its edge exerts a force of kinetic friction. The blocks start to move from rest. The sliding block m_{1} is projected horizontally after reaching the edge of the table. The hanging block m_{2} stops without bouncing when it strikes the floor. Consider the two blocks plus the Earth as the system.

(a) Find the speed at which m_{1} leaves the edge of the table.

(b) Find the impact speed of m_{1} on the floor.

(c) What is the shortest length of the string so that it does not go taut while m_{1} is in flight?

(d) Is the energy of the system when it is released from rest equal to the energy of the system just before m_{1} strikes the ground?

(e) Why or why not?

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