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A 2 kg otter starts from rest at the top of a muddy incline 85 cm long ans slides down to the bottom in 0.5 s. What net external force acts on the otter along the incline?

I know which equation I need to use. But how can I use the cm and s to get the acceleration?

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  1. NetForce=ma or
    a= netforce/m

    distance= 1/2 a t^2, use a above, solve for net force. Change cm to m

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  2. I come up with 13.6 N as my net force. Is this correct?

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  3. netforce= 2*distance/time=2*.85/time^2=13.6N

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  4. Here's what you know, m=2.0 kg, vi=0m/s,Dx=.85 m, Dt=5 s, to find a, use the formula Dx = vi(Dt) + 1/2a(Dt)2,0.85=0(.5)+1/2a(.50)^2, solve for a, a=6.8 m/s^2.  Now use the formula F = ma, F=2.0*6.8, solve for F, F=14 N.  

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