Mechanics: Vectors and Forces in Two-Dimensions
Vectors and Forces in 2-D: Audio Guided Solution
Lee Mealone is sledding with his friends. Disgruntled by a coarse comment, he decides to separate from the group. He momentarily exerts a 31 N force on the rope which is attached to his 2.5-kg sled. The rope makes an angle of 22° with the nearly frictionless surface. Use the structure provided below to determine the net force on and acceleration of the sled.
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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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