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A problem about spring constant

  1. Oct 20, 2006 #1
    A plane weighing 220 kN (25 tons) lands on an aircraft carrier. The plane is moving horizontally at 64.0 m/s (141 mi/h) when its tailhook grabs hold of the arresting cables. The cables bring the plane to a stop in a distance of 84.0 m.
    (a) How much work is done on the plane by the arresting cables?
    (b) What is the force (assumed constant) exerted on the plane by the cables?

    (a)
    For this problem I used
    Work = K where K =1/2(mv^2)
    k=1/2((220)(64^2))
    k = 450.56

    (b) work = F*x
    450.56 = F*84
    F=5.36


    However, I got it wrong. What am I doing wrong?
     
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  3. Oct 20, 2006 #2

    Doc Al

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    What's the mass of the plane? Redo this calculation, taking care with units.

    Your method is OK, but your answer from part a is way, way off. (Realize that a force of 5.36 Newtons is about a pound of force--way too low to be realistic.)
     
  4. Oct 20, 2006 #3
    Sorry, but I'm still having trouble. The plane weighs 220kN (25 tons).
    So should i convert the tons into kilograms? 1 ton = 1000kg so it would be 25000 kilograms??
    and then from there on do i use the equation...
    Work = K where K =1/2(mv^2)
     
  5. Oct 20, 2006 #4

    Doc Al

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    Why do you have two different IDs?
    That's a metric ton; instead, convert Newton's to kg via: weight = mg.
    Yes.
     
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