Posted by **kayla** on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:27pm.

A person pushes a 17.0 kg lawn mower at constant speed with a force of 74.0 N directed along the handle, which is at an angle of è = 48.0° to the horizontal

(b) Calculate the horizontal retarding force on the mower

(c) Calculate the normal force exerted vertically upward on the mower by the ground.

(d) Calculate the force the person must exert on the lawn mower to accelerate it from rest to 1.3 m/s in 2.0 seconds (assuming the same retarding force).

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**Henry**, Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 6:25pm
Wm = mg = 17kg * 9.8N/kg = 166.6 N. =

Wt. of mower.

Fm = 166.6 N @ 0 Deg. = Force of mower.

Fp = 166.6*sin(0) = 0. = Force parallel

to gnd.

Fv = 166.6*cos(0) = 166.6 N. = Force

perpendicular to Gnd. = Normal.

b. Fn = Fap-Fp-Fr = 0,

74*cos48-0-Fr = 0,

49.52-Fr = 0,

Fr = 49.52 N. = Retarding force.

c. Fv = mg = 166.6 N.

d. a = (Vf-Vo)/t,

a = (1.3-0) / 2 = 0.65 m/s^2.

Fcos48-Fr = ma,

Fcos48-49.52 = 17*0.65 = 11.05,

Fcos48 = 11.05+49.52 = 60.57,

F = 60.57 / cos48 = 90.5 N.

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