Posted by amy on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 2:54pm.
jack gives 50 kg jill a ride on a sleigh for 500 meters. he exerts a force of 45 Newtons on the rope of the sled at an angle of 30 degrees. He pulls her at a constant velocity. What is the coefficient of friction between the sled and the ground? How much work does he do on the sled?

physics  Ness, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3:45pm
ok, im not good at physics but i'll give it a try. this may be a silly question but the ground they are on is snow right?

physics  amy, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 10:53pm
yes i guess it would be snow

physics  Elena, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 2:11pm
The equation of motion is (in vector form)
vector (m•g) + vector F(fr)+ vector N+vectorF =0
Projections on the axes
x: F•cosαF(fr) = 0
y: mg+N+F•sinα = 0
F(fr) = F•cosα,
N =mg F•sinα,
F(fr) = k•N =k•(mg F•sinα),
F•cosα= k•(mg F•sinα),
k = F•cosα/(mg F•sinα) =
= 45•0.866/(50•9.845•0.5) = 0.083.
W= W(F) + W(fr)=F•cosα•s +F(fr) •s=
= F•cosα•s +k•N•s =
= s• (F•cosα + k•(mg  F•sinα)) =
=500 (45•0.866 + 0.083•(50•9.8  45•0.5)=38885 J
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