Calculating Frictional Work for Slowing Down a Car

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In summary, the question is asking for the amount of work done by frictional forces in slowing a 1000kg car from 24.9 m/s to 0 m/s. The suggested approach is to use energy methods and set the frictional force equal to the force required for the car to slow down.
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Homework Statement



How much work must be done by frictional forces in slowing a 1000kg car from 24.9 n/s to rest

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I just never fully understood how slowing down worked. I just need a nudge in the right direction not you guys doing the work for me. I don't think I'm supposed to do a force analysis, but then again I don't know how to do the problem.
 
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ecthelion4 said:

Homework Statement



How much work must be done by frictional forces in slowing a 1000kg car from 24.9 n/s to rest

Homework Equations





The Attempt at a Solution



I just never fully understood how slowing down worked. I just need a nudge in the right direction not you guys doing the work for me. I don't think I'm supposed to do a force analysis, but then again I don't know how to do the problem.
If you are familiar with energy methods, you should start there. Look at the car's mechanical energy at the beginning and at the end of its motion. Assume level ground.
 
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You will set the frictional force equal to the force required to slow the car from 24.9 m/s to 0 m/s.
 

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Energy methods in physics refer to techniques used to solve problems involving energy, such as the conservation of energy or calculating the work done by a force on an object.

2. How are energy methods used to solve problems?

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