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Homework Help: Challenge problem -- rock sliding up and over a roof into an arc...

  1. May 18, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    One side of the roof of a house slopes up at 37.0°. A roofer kicks a round, flat rock that has been thrown onto the roof by a neighborhood child. The rock slides straight up the incline with an initial speed of 15.0 m/s. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the rock and the roof is 0.400. The rock slides 10.0 m up the roof to its peak. It crosses the ridge and goes into free fall, following a parabolic trajectory above the far side of the roof, with negligible air resistance. Determine the maximum height the rock reaches above the point where it was kicked.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know how to solve the problem with energy. I want to know how can you apply newtons laws to get the solution
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  3. May 18, 2016 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    First: show us you work (PF rules).
  4. May 18, 2016 #3
    If you use newtons laws then both mgsin@ and fk will act down the incline and the block is moving up the incline while there is no force. So this is whats confusing me.

    Using energy I done this:
    Wf + Eo=Ef
    (Ukmgcos@)dcos180 +1/2mvi2 = 1/2vf2 + mgh
    Substituting values we get:
    -(0.4)(9.8)(cos37)(10) + 0.5(15)^2 = (9.8)(10sin37) + 1/2vf2
    Vf= 5.35
    Then using projectile motion for Hmax
  5. May 18, 2016 #4
    Let's see what your force balance equation looks like in the direction along the slope.
  6. May 18, 2016 #5
    Just found this now:

    Mgsin@ -fk =ma
    Mgsin@ -UkN = ma
    Mgsin@ - Ukmgcos@ = ma
    gsin@ - Ukgcos@ = a
    Substituting values we get a = 5.57
    Vf2= vi2+ 2ax
    Vf =
  7. May 18, 2016 #6
    Vf = 18.34
  8. May 18, 2016 #7
    These equations are incorrect. If a is the acceleration up the slope, then
    So a is negative. Using both your energy equation and this equation, I get 6.67 m/s for the final velocity and -9.02 m/s^2 for a.
  9. May 18, 2016 #8
    How can the object accelerate up the slope while there is no force applied in that direction
  10. May 18, 2016 #9
    It's acceleration up the slope is negative, so its acceleration vector is pointing down the slope. There is a force applied down the slope. In fact there are two of them.
  11. May 19, 2016 #10
    How do you get 6.67ms-1 from the energy eqn can you please show. Did I do something wrong there because I got 5.35
  12. May 19, 2016 #11
    You just gotta do the arithmetic correctly.




    -31.31 +112.5 = 58.98 + 1/2vf2

    81.19 - 58.98 = 1/2vf2

    22.21 = 1/2vf2


  13. May 19, 2016 #12
    Using this to find hmax we get 0.82m while the book gives the answer to be 6.84m
  14. May 19, 2016 #13
    Ok I see its 10sin37 + the 0.82
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