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A physics student is pulling on a 20 kg box that is sliding on the floor. The student applies a pulling force of 100 N using a rope at angle 30o
from the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the box and the floor is 0.4. The acceleration of the box is closest to?

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    100 cos 30 = horizontal pull = 86.6 N

    100 sin 30 = vertical pull = 50 N

    Normal force = mg - 50 = 146 N

    Friction Force = .4*146 = 58.5 N

    total horizontal force = 86.6-58.5 = 28.1 N

    F = m a
    28.1 = 20 a
    a = 1.41 m/s^2

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