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Homework Help: A child pulls a wagon by the handle along a flat sidewalk.

  1. Nov 8, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A child pulls a trolley by the handle along a flat sidewalk. She exerts a force of 80.0 N at an angle of 30.0° above the horizontal while she moves the wagon 12 m forward. The force of friction on the trolley is 34 N.

    2. Relevant equations
    (a) Calculate the mechanical work done by the child on the trolley.
    (b) Calculate the total work done on the trolley

    3. The attempt at a solution
    80 cos(30)

    W=80 N(cos30)(12)

    b)Idk how to do it.
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  3. Nov 8, 2016 #2


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    Try that last step again, taking note that it is 30 DEGREES.
    For b), what else is doing work on the trolley? How much work? Positive or negative?
  4. Nov 9, 2016 #3


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    This could be worded: Calculate the net work done on the trolley.
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