Mechanics: Work, Energy and Power
Work, Energy and Power: Audio Guided Solution
Matthew starts from rest on top of 8.45 m high sledding hill. He slides down the 32-degree incline and across the plateau at its base. The coefficient of friction between the sled and snow is 0.128 for both the hill and the plateau. Matthew and the sled have a combined mass of 27.5 kg. Determine the distance which Matthew will slide along the level surface before coming to a complete stop.
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- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
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