# acceleration of the lower block

by brunettegurl
Tags: acceleration, block
 P: 138 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data In the diagram shown below, the lower block is acted on by a force, F, which has a magnitude of 58.6 N. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the lower block and the surface is 0.204. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the lower block and the upper block is also 0.204. What is the acceleration of the lower block, if the mass of the lower block is 4.68 kg and the mass of the upper block is 2.11 kg? 2. Relevant equations F=ma / friction = $$\mu$$mg 3. The attempt at a solution so i wrote the forces that affect each box For the upper box ::$$\sum$$ F= T-$$\mu$$m1g for the lower box :: $$\sum$$ F= F-T- friction1- friction2 i solved the first equation for tension and then substituted it into the 2nd equation and i solved for acceleration...can u pls. tell me what i'm doin wrong thanx :)) Attached Thumbnails
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 Quote by brunettegurl so i wrote the forces that affect each box For the upper box ::$$\sum$$ F= T-$$\mu$$m1g for the lower box :: $$\sum$$ F= F-T- friction1- friction2
OK, but what did you use for the friction forces on the lower box?
 i solved the first equation for tension and then substituted it into the 2nd equation and i solved for acceleration...can u pls. tell me what i'm doin wrong thanx :))
I assume you applied Newton's 2nd law to each box to get two equations. Show exactly what you did and then we can see what went wrong.
 P: 138 for friction 1 i used (coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity) and for friction 2 i use (coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity) and the equation i got before isolating for acceleration is :: a(m2+m1)= Fapplied-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity) so then a = [Fapplied-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)] /(m1+m2)
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## acceleration of the lower block

 Quote by brunettegurl for friction 1 i used (coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)
OK.
 and for friction 2 i use (coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)
Careful: What's the normal force between the bottom block and the floor?
 P: 138 is it f 2 = coeffecient of frictionxmass2+ mass1xgravity...???
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 Quote by brunettegurl is it f 2 = coeffecient of frictionxmass2+ mass1xgravity...???
Yes, the normal force is the combined weight of both blocks, thus f2 = μ(m1 + m2)g.
 P: 138 ok so i changed that and my answer is still coming out wrong is there anything else wrong i cld have done in the initial equation??
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 Quote by brunettegurl ok so i changed that and my answer is still coming out wrong is there anything else wrong i cld have done in the initial equation??
Show me your final equation.
 P: 138 my final equation wld look like :: m2a = [Fapplied-m1a-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1=mass2xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)] a = [Fapplied-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1=mass2xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)] /(m1+m2) Fapplied is the force given in the question
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 Quote by brunettegurl my final equation wld look like :: m2a = [Fapplied-m1a-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1=mass2xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)] a = [Fapplied-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass1=mass2xgravity)-(coeffecient of frictionxmass2xgravity)] /(m1+m2) Fapplied is the force given in the question
Your equations are a bit confusing, due to what may be a few typos. (The '=', for one.) Can you rewrite using F, m1, m2, μ, and g? Try to simplify as much as possible.
 P: 138 m2a= [F -m1a- (μm1g)- (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm2g)] a = [F - (μm1g) - (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm2g)]/(m1+m2) iss that clearer ??
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 Quote by brunettegurl m2a= [F -m1a- (μm1g)- (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm2g)] a = [F - (μm1g) - (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm2g)]/(m1+m2) iss that clearer ??
Yes, much clearer. You have an extra m2 term in there for some reason. If you write the original Newton's law equations for m1 and m2, perhaps we can see where it got snuck in.
 P: 138 this is what i have as my equations for m1 and m2 m1:: m1a= T- μm1g m2 :: m2a = Fapp - T- μ(m1+m2)g- μm2g i dont see the extra m2 in my equations can u be a bit more specific
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 Quote by brunettegurl this is what i have as my equations for m1 and m2 m1:: m1a= T- μm1g m2 :: m2a = Fapp - T- μ(m1+m2)g- μm2g
That second friction term in the m2 equation is the problem--you're using the wrong mass.
 P: 138 so this m2 :: m2a = Fapp - T- μ(m1+m2)g- μm2g wld be this m2 :: m2a = Fapp - T- μ(m1+m2)g- μm1g.... then the final equation wld look like a = [Fapp - (μm1g) - (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm1g)]/(m1+m2) is that correct??
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 Quote by brunettegurl then the final equation wld look like a = [Fapp - (μm1g) - (μg(m1+m2)) - (μm1g)]/(m1+m2) is that correct??
That looks good. But consolidate some of those terms.

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