Mechanics: Vectors and Forces in Two-Dimensions

Vectors and Forces in 2-D: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 12:

Lon Mauer is cleaning up the driveway after mowing the grass. He exerts a sudden downward force of 56.8 N at a constant angle of 54.7° below the horizontal in order to accelerate his 1.05-kg broom from rest. The coefficient of friction between the broom bristles and the driveway is 0.567. Determine the rate of acceleration of the broom. (Suggestion: Begin with a free body diagram.)

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  • Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
  • Identify the known and unknown quantities in an organized manner. Equate given values to the symbols used to represent the corresponding quantity - e.g., m = 1.25 kg, µ = 0.459, vo = 0.0 m/s,  Ø = 41.6º, vf = ???.
  • Use physics formulas and conceptual reasoning to plot a strategy for solving for the unknown quantity.
  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
  • Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.

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