1M20.11 - Pulleys and Pulley Systems

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Pulleys and Pulley Systems
Work and Translation of Motion
Area of Study:
Pulley Demo, Assorted Pulleys, and Hanging Masses.

The pulley demo may have to have new rubber bands or in place of the rubber bands some instructors prefer of have a hanging mass. There are two of the most complicated pulley system so that if the string falls off the pulleys on one set you can transfer to the other set without wasting a lot of time in class restringing.

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  • Dennis Krause and Yifei Sun, "Can a String's Tension Exert a Torque on a Pulley?",  TPT, Vol. 49, # 4, p. 234, April 2011. 
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  • Aubrey F. Burstall, "Simple Pulley with Rachet and Pawl", Simple Working Models of Historic Machines, p. 34.
  • Aubrey F. Burstall, "Multiple Pulleys", Simple Working Models of Historic Machines, p. 36.
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