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1. A cart of weight 20 N is accelerated across a level surface at .15 m/s^2. What net force acts on the wagon? (g=9.8m/s^2)

2. An automobile of mass 2000 kg moving at 30 m/s is braked suddenly with a constant braking force of 10000 N. How far does the car travel before stopping?

3. An airplane of mass 1.2 X10^4 kg tows a glider of mass .6X10^4 kg. The airplane propellers provide a net foward thrust of 3.6X10^4 N. What is the gliders acceleration?

how do i solve these?

  • physics -

    You solve #1 and #3 by applying Newton's Second Law, F = m a.

    For the second problem, you first need to solve for the required deceleration rate. a = F/m = 5 m/s^2
    The time it takes to stop is
    t = Vo/a = (30 m/s)/5 m/s^2 = 6 s
    The distance travelled while stopping is that stopping time multiplied by the average velocity (Vo/2),
    15 m/s * 6 s = 90 m

  • physics -

    From Newtons' 2nd Law of Motion,

    F = ma


    F = braking force = 10,000 N
    m = mass of the car = 2,000 kg.
    a = acceleration

    Substituting values,

    -10,000 = 2,000(a)

    NOTE the negative sign attached to the braking force. This simply denotes that the direction of this particular force is opposite that of the motion of the automobile.

    Solving for "a",

    a = -10,000/2,000

    a = -5 m/sec^2

    The negative value of the acceleration means that when the brakes were applied, the car, obviously, was slowing down until it came to a complete stop.

    The next formula to use is

    Vf^2 - Vo^2 = 2as


    Vf = final velocity = 0 (when the car finally stops)
    Vo = initial velocity = 30 m/sec (given)
    a = acceleration = -5 m/sec^2 (as calculated above)
    s = stopping distance of car

    Substituting values,

    0 - 30^2 = 2(-5)(s)

    -900 = -10s

    and solving for "s",

    s = 900/10

    s = 90 meters

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