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Homework Help: Force and Energy

  1. Apr 22, 2004 #1
    Starting from rest, a 5 kg block slides 2.4 m down a rough 30 degree incline in 2 seconds. Find a) the work done by the force of gravity b) the change in mechanical energy due to friction

    I'm stuck on where to start. For work, i'm using the equation w=fdcosx. I don't know what to use for f. Is the force just 9.8 or is it 9.8m? Or should i find the perpindicular force of the block? Thanks!
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  3. Apr 22, 2004 #2


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    For a, just use the conservation of energy. You know that an object at height h has mgh potential energy.

    For b, use the time taken to fall that distance to calculate the block's acceleration. Use the acceleration to figure out the net force.

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