I think I basically get the gist of this problem, but I want to know wjether i did everything correctly.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

So...

1. A car is towing a boat on a trailer. The driver starts from rest and accelerates to a velocity of +18.5 m/s in a time of 25 s. The combined mass of the boat and trailer is 562 kg. The frictional force acting on the trailer can be ignored. What is the tension in the hitch that connects the trailer to the car?

2. using a = v/t , m_u * F_{N}= f_{k}(this might be relevvant, but i didn't use it myself), sigmaF_{x}= m_{2}a_{x}

3. The attempt at a solution

I simply multiplied the mass of the car and trailer by the acceleration found by dividing the velocity by time.

However, this is so simple of an approach that I feel doubts as to whether it is the correct measure:

sigma F = 562 kg * [(18.5 m/s)/(25 s)]

sigma F = 416 N???

is this right?

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# Homework Help: Find the tension in the hitch when a car is towing a trailer

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