A chain of mass M and length L is suspended vertically with its lower end touching a scale. The chain is released and falls onto the scale. What is the reading of the scale when a length x of the chain has fallen? Neglect the size of the individual links.  

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There are two quantities which effect the reading on the scale. The weight of the chain that has accumulated on the scale after falling a distance x and the impulse per unit time imparted by the chain colliding with the scale. The total force is the sum of these two...

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There are two quantities which effect the reading on the scale. The weight of the chain that has accumulated on the scale after falling a distance x and the impulse per unit time imparted by the chain colliding with the scale. The total force is the sum of these two contributions.

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