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Homework Help: Finding velocity from impulse

  1. Feb 14, 2016 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The 3kg collar is initially at rest and is acted upon a force Q which varies by the the graph shown. Knowing that the coefficient of kinetic friction is 0.25, determine the velocity of the collar at t = 1 s and t = 2s.

    2. Relevant equations
    FΔt = mΔv
    Ffriction = .25 x N

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that the answer for b = 3.43 m/s, but I'm trying to think of how I would get there.
    I thought about the impulse equation so I tried plugging it in. Since at t = 2, F = 5, and Δt = 2, I said

    10 = 3(Vfinal - VInitial

    where V initial would be 0. I get that the velocity at t = 2 is 3.33, which is close, but no cigar. I then thought about the the force of friction that would be acting in the opposite direction of Q, so I should subtract the two forces. I found that the force of friction is 7.3575 N. Once i subtract the two, I get a negative value, which I don't think is right. Any help would be much appreciated!

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  3. Feb 14, 2016 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    The impulse is the area under the force-time graph.
  4. Feb 14, 2016 #3


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    I don't understand the scale on the graph. The y=20 line seems to be only 3 times the height of the y=5 line.
    When the calculated force of friction exceeds Q, there are two possibilities for the acceleration. What are they? (Note that you make a certain assumption when you calculate kinetic friction.)
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