Example: Belt and pulley system

Published 2012-03-25 | Author: Jimi Oke

This simple belt-and-pulley is used as a basis for solving trigonometric problems. Although simplistic, it shows how elegant and powerful TikZ can be for mathematically precise illustrations. Diagram from Precalculus text by Stewart.

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Belt and pulley system

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% Belt and pulley system
% Author: Jimi Oke
      % Definitions

      % Pulleys
      % big pulley
      \draw (0,0) circle (\R) ;
      \fill[left color=gray!80, right color=gray!60, middle
        color=white] (0,0) circle (\R) ;
      \draw[thick, white] (0,0) circle (.8*\R);
      \shade[ball color=white] (0,0) circle (.3) node[left,xshift=-5] {$P$};

      % small pulley
      \draw (\Q+\q-.3, 0) circle (\r);
      \fill[left color=gray!80, right color=gray!60, middle
        color=white] (\Q+\q-.3, 0) circle (\r) ;
      \draw[thick, white] (\Q+\q-.3,0) circle (.8*\r);
      \shade[ball color=white] (\Q+\q-.3,0) circle (.15) 
      node[right, xshift=2] {$Q$};

      % belt and point labels
      \begin{scope}[ultra thick]
        \draw (\b:\R) arc (\b:360-\b:\R) ;
        \draw (\b:\R) -- ( \P, 0 ); 
        \draw (-\b:\R) -- ( \P, 0 );
        \draw (\Q-.3,0) -- + (\a:\p)  arc (105:-105:\r) ;
        \draw (\Q-.3,0) -- + (-\a:\p);
        %\draw (\b:\R) arc (\b:360-\b:\r) ;
      \draw (0,0) -- (\b:\R) node[midway, above,sloped] {$R$} node[above] {$A$};
      \draw (-\b:\R)--(0,0) ;
      \draw (\Q+\q-.3,0) -- +(105:\r) node[midway,above, sloped] {$r$}
        node[above] {$E$};
      \draw (\Q+\q-.3,0) -- +(-105:\r) node[below] {$D$};
      \node[below] at (-\b:\R) {$B$};
      \node[below] at (\Q-.3,0) {$C$};

      % center line
      \draw[dash pattern=on5pt off3pt] (0,0) -- (\Q+\q-.3,0);

      % angle label
      \node[fill=white] at (0.73*\Q, 0) {$\theta$} ;
      \draw (\Q-1.8,0) arc (180:195:1.5);
      \draw (\Q-1.8,0) arc (180:165:1.5);


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