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A uniform chain of mass m and length l is lying on a frictionless horizontal table with one-third of its length hanging over the edge of the table. The amount of work done to pull the hanging part of the chain up to the table is given by


  1. mgl3

  2. mgl6

  3. mgl9

  4. mgl18


Solution

The correct option is D

mgl18


Mass of hanging part of chain, m=ml×l3=m3
This mass can be assumed to be located at the centre of mass of the hanging length of the chain which is at a distance x=l6 from the edge of the table.
Work done to pull the chain, W=mgx=m3×g×l6=mgl18
Thus, the correct choice is (d).

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