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At what rate does the mass accelerate?

  1. Feb 23, 2010 #1
    Can someone help explain this question to me, i know the answer to be 5 m/s^2 but thought it was 10 m/s^2. An anstronaut on the moon applies a 100 N horizontal force to a 10 kg mass at rest on a table. At what rate does the mass accelerate?
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2010 #2

    Matterwave

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    Re: Force

    The answer is 10m/s^2 assuming no friction. Perhaps there's some friction? Otherwise, by straightforward application of F=ma gives a=F/m=100N/10kg=10m/s^2
     
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