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Exerted force 40N and 40N?

  1. Dec 14, 2009 #1
    If a student out fishing pulls on a fish with a force of 40 N and the fish pulls back with a force
    of 40 N, what is the force exerted on the student and the fish at the same time?

    40+40= 80N?

    is that correct?
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  3. Dec 14, 2009 #2


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    No. Think about Newton's 3rd law.
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