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Equation Help

  1. Oct 21, 2007 #1
    I am having some problems, I am on the work energy theorem and I had to do some problems for homework. For one of the questions I was not given enough information.

    I am supposed to find the initial velocity, when they tell us the final velocity is zero, the coefficient of friction is 0.42 and the distance in the x direction is 88m. But I don't understand how I can find the initial velocity like that.
    I know:
    and it says mass doesn't matter.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Oct 21, 2007 #2

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    Well, since this is a work-energy theorem question, why not make use of the work done by friction? How would you relate the work-energy theorem to this problem?
  4. Oct 21, 2007 #3


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    Try using energy considerations. The initial kinetic energy is equal to the work done by the frictional force in stopping the object. Can you set up an equation?
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