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A freight train has a mass of 1.5 107 kg. If the locomotive can exert a constant pull of 6.9 105 N, how long does it take to increase the speed of the train from rest to 72 km/h?


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    i assume you mean the mass is
    M = 1.5*10^7 kg

    The acceleration is
    a = F/M = 6.9*10^5/1.5*10^7 = 0.046 m/s^2

    72 km/h = 20 m/s

    Divide 20 m/s by the acceleration rate to get the time required.

    T = (20 m/s)/(0.046 m/s^2) = _____ s

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