Block sliding up a ramp.

In summary, the problem involves a block sliding down an inclined plane with a constant velocity before being projected back up the same plane. The question asks for the distance the block will move before coming to rest. The key to solving the problem is recognizing that the block must have a constant velocity while sliding down.
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Homework Statement


A block with mass m = 24.6 kg slides down an inclined plane of slope angle 38.4 o with a constant velocity. It is then projected up the same plane with an initial speed 4.90 m/s. How far up the incline will the block move before coming to rest?


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The Attempt at a Solution



I honestly have little idea what to do on this problem. If someone could give me some leading questions or an applicable equation it'd be much appreciated.
 
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Why constant velocity?

Hi ohhi! (Or is it Yippee-i ohhi?)

At first I thought you'd got the question wrong, because how could it possibly slide down with a constant velocity?

Then I saw the light! Sometimes one has to be able to see the difference between a problem and a solution!

So: Hint: How can it slide down with a constant velocity? :smile:
 
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tiny-tim said:
Hi ohhi! (Or is it Yippee-i ohhi?)

At first I thought you'd got the question wrong, because how could it possibly slide down with a constant velocity?

Then I saw the light! Sometimes one has to be able to see the difference between a problem and a solution!

So: Hint: How can it slide down with a constant velocity? :smile:

Yeah, I actually realized and got that. I just came back to say I found the answer. Thanks.
 

1. How does the angle of the ramp affect the motion of the block?

The angle of the ramp directly affects the motion of the block. The steeper the ramp, the greater the force of gravity acting on the block and the faster it will slide down. A shallower ramp will result in a slower slide. The angle also determines the direction of motion, with a steeper ramp causing the block to slide down and a shallower ramp causing it to slide up.

2. What role does friction play in the movement of the block on the ramp?

Friction is an important factor in the movement of the block on the ramp. It acts in the opposite direction of motion and can either help the block slide up the ramp or hinder its downward motion. The amount of friction depends on the surface of the ramp and the block, with rougher surfaces resulting in more friction.

3. How does the mass of the block affect its movement on the ramp?

The mass of the block plays a role in its movement on the ramp. A heavier block will have more gravitational force acting on it, causing it to slide down the ramp faster. However, a heavier block will also have more inertia, making it harder to move up the ramp. Therefore, the mass of the block will affect the overall speed and difficulty of moving up or down the ramp.

4. What other forces besides gravity and friction are acting on the block?

In addition to gravity and friction, there may be other forces acting on the block. These can include air resistance or any external force applied to the block, such as a push or pull. These forces can impact the movement of the block on the ramp and should be taken into consideration when studying its motion.

5. Can the height of the ramp also affect the movement of the block?

Yes, the height of the ramp can also have an impact on the movement of the block. A higher ramp will result in a longer distance for the block to slide, potentially increasing its speed. It may also change the angle of the ramp, which can affect the direction of motion. However, the height of the ramp alone will not significantly affect the movement of the block unless combined with other factors such as angle and friction.

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