(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A box weighing 3.0 kN is placed in the bed of a pick-up truck. The pick-up accelerates uniformly from rest to 40 km/h in a distance of 40 m. In that time the box slides 1.0 m back toward the end of the bed. Find the coefficient of friction between the bed and the box.

2. Relevant equations

v^2 = v0^2 + 2a (x-x0)

F = ma

w = mg

Fk = micro k * N

3. The attempt at a solution

Given:

v0 = 0 km/h

v = 40 km/h

x-xo = Delta x = 40 m = 0.04 km

weight = 3 kN.

First, find a:

v^2 = v0^2 + 2 a (x-x0)

40^2 = 0 + 2 a * 0.04

=> a = 2*10^4 km/s^2.

My imagine that we have 3 forces in Free Body Diagrams: Friction Forces, Newton's law and weight of the box.

We have:

m*g = 3 kN => m = 3000/9.8 = 306.1 grams = 0.306 kg.

N = ma = 0.306 * (2*10^4) = 6120 kN

but the box slides 1.0 m back toward the end of the bed, so

(0.039km * 6120) / 0.04 = 5967 kN

Therefore:

coefficient of friction between the bed and the box is 5967 N / 6120 N = 0.975 = final answer => INCORRECT

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# Homework Help: Find the coefficient of friction

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