We present a comprehensive analysis of an intriguing classical mechanics problem involving the coupled motion of two blocks. The problem illustrates fundamental physics concepts and theoretical techniques. We solve the equations of motion numerically and gain insight into common misconceptions about this system. The problem provides rich opportunities for student investigations using analytical and numerical methods.
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PAPERS| December 01 2011
Unraveling a classical mechanics brain twister
Norman Paris, Michael L. Broide; Unraveling a classical mechanics brain twister. Am. J. Phys. 1 December 2011; 79 (12): 1250–1254. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3636655
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