Mechanics: Newton's Laws of Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion: Audio Guided Solution
Unfortunately for Vanessa, the wheels on her suitcase are not working. She pulls on the strap in an effort to budge it from rest and drag it to the curbside check-in desk. The free body diagram at the right depicts the forces acting upon the suitcase. Use force values to determine the net force, the mass and the acceleration of the suitcase. The values of the individual forces are:
Fgrav = Fnorm = 207 N
Ftens = 182 N
Ffrict = 166 N.
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m: 21.1 kg
a: 0.76 m/s/s, right
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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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