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Three blocks (M1, M2, M3) are in contact with each other on a frictionless, horizontal surface. A horizontal force is applied to M1.

If M1= 1.67kg, M2= 2.67kg, M3= 3.78kg, and F= 16.1 N:

a) what is the magnitude of the contact force between blocks 1 and 2

b) what is the magnitude of the contact force between blocks 2 and 3

I used the formula P=(M2/M1+M2) x F to find these contact forces, but the answers I got were not correct.

for a) I calculated P= (2.67/1.67+2.67) x 16.1

and for b) I calculated P= (3.78/2.67+3.78) x 16.1

This seemed like it should lead to the right answer, but it didn't work. Anyone know what I've done wrong???

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# Homework Help: Contact Forces problem

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