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Collision in frictionless surface

  1. Nov 3, 2012 #1
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    three numbered cubes each of mass m placed in contact on a frictionless horizontal surface. A steady horizontal force P is applied to the end surface of 1st cube.
    question:will the force on each cube be P/3?
     
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  3. Nov 3, 2012 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi Smileyxx! :smile:
    Hint: what is the acceleration of each cube? :wink:
     
  4. Nov 3, 2012 #3
    Its P/3m so force is P/3.ohh ya! But is always the force distributed equal in frictionless surface?
     
  5. Nov 3, 2012 #4

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    Yes, if the masses are equal, then the net forces must be the same.

    So if the friction forces are equal (or all zero), then the applied forces must be the same. :smile:
     
  6. Nov 3, 2012 #5
    Thanks alot bro:wink:
     
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