Mechanics: Newton's Laws of Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion: Audio Guided Solution
Ethan is dragging a bag of grass from the garage to the street on the evening before garbage pick-up day. The diagram at the right is a free-body diagram. It uses arrows to represent the forces acting upon the bag. Each force is labeled according to type. The magnitude of the force is represented by the size of the arrow. Use the free body diagram to determine the net force acting upon the bag. The values of the individual forces are:
Fgrav = Fnorm = 60.5 N
Fapp = 40.2 N
Ffrict = 5.7 N.
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