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Three blocks rest on a frictionless, horizontal table, with m1 = 9 kg and m3 = 16 kg. A horizontal force F = 104 N is applied to block 1, and the acceleration of all three blocks is found to be 3.3 m/s2.

1) Find m2

2)What is the normal force between 2 and 3?

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  1. I assume these are in a line.

    friction= mu(M1+m2+m3)

    netforce= totalmass*acceleration
    104-mu(totalmass)=totalmass*acceleration

    solve for totalmass, then solve for m2

    if block2 is pushing block3,

    forceonblock3-mu(m3)=m3*a
    solve for forceonblock3

  2. I assume these are in a line.

    friction= mu(M1+m2+m3)

    netforce= totalmass*acceleration
    104-mu(totalmass)=totalmass*acceleration

    solve for totalmass, then solve for m2

    if block2 is pushing block3,

    forceonblock3-mu(m3)=m3*a
    solve for forceonblock3

    OOOPSsss. I forgot g as part of the weight. every where there is a mu, it should read mu*g*masses

  3. what does u stand for in the above equations?

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  4. mu is the coefficent of friction...and it is given as zero, which is a very mythical situation. So you get to forget about friciton. Your teacher is too easy.

  5. so what you're saying is:
    forceonblock3-mu(m3)=m3*a
    forceonblock3-0(m3)=...
    forceonblock3=...

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