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Posted by alexa on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 1:31am.

A locomotive pulls a series of wagons. Which is the correct analysis of the situation?

A. because action always equals the reaction,the locomotive cannot pull the wagons,-the wagons pull backward just as hard as the locomotive pulls forward, so there is no motion.

B. The train moves forward because the locomotive pulls forward slightly harder on the wagons than the wagons pull backward on the locomotive

C. the locomotive gets the wagons to move by giving them a tug during which the force on the wagons is momentarily greater than the force exerted by the wagons on the locomotive

D. the locomotive can pull the wagons forward only if it weighs more than the wagons

E. The locomotive's force on the wagons is as strong as the force of the wagons on the locomotive,but the frictional force on the locomotive is forward and large while the backward fricitonal force on the wagons is small.

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