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# Atwood machine

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Atwood's machine is an experimental device used to study the principles of classical mechanics, in particular the laws of conservation of energy and momentum. It consists of two masses attached to a rope that passes through a pulley. One of the masses is fixed while the other is free to move. Atwood's machine is used to show how the potential energy and kinetic energy of a system vary when masses are in motion, and how these energies are related to velocity and acceleration. The formula used to calculate the acceleration of the machine is: a = (m1-m2)/(m1+m2)g, where m1 and m2 are the masses of the objects and g is the acceleration due to gravity. The Atwood machine was invented by English mathematician and physicist George Atwood in the early 18th century. He used it to study the principles of Newtonian mechanics, which describe how forces act on moving objects. It has become a staple tool for teaching physics due to its simplicity and ability to clearly show the mechanical principles involved.

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