# Force and motion

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A 25.0 kg sled is pulled (assume frictionless) with a force of 15.0 N at an angle of 20 degrees above the horizontal. (a.) How long will it take to pull the sled 25m? (b.) How fast will the sled be moving after it has been pulled 25.0m?

-V0x = V0sinθ
- X = X0 + V0xt
- V = V0 + at
- X = X0 + V0t + 0.5at2
- ∑Fx = max

I was able to solve for the x-acceleration, ax = 0.56m/s2 but I cannot figure out how to use the given forces and acceleration to solve for the time at 25m. Am I to assume V0 = 0?

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jedishrfu
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I would assume that but of course you could solve for an arbitrary v0

So you have a triangle and the 25m would be on the hypotenuse.

Delta2
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From the wording of the problem it is not clear (at least not to me)
if the sled is pulled along an incline that makes 20 degrees angle with the horizontal,

or

the sled is being pulled along the horizontal with a force that makes 20 degrees with the horizontal (and the vertical component of the force is balanced by the weight of the sled).

If I judge by your calculation of acceleration we have the second case (horizontal pull with a force that makes angle with the horizontal). Am I correct?

jedishrfu
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Ah I think you are right Delta it’s a horizontal plane with the force at 20 degrees. The horizontal component provides the acceleration and the vertical component reduces the frictional force due to gravity. But since it’s frictionless we can ignore the vertical component.

If you allow for an arbitrary v0 then you can solve for t in the ##s=v0+1/2 a*t^2##

• Delta2
From the wording of the problem it is not clear (at least not to me)
if the sled is pulled along an incline that makes 20 degrees angle with the horizontal,

or

the sled is being pulled along the horizontal with a force that makes 20 degrees with the horizontal (and the vertical component of the force is balanced by the weight of the sled).

If I judge by your calculation of acceleration we have the second case (horizontal pull with a force that makes angle with the horizontal). Am I correct?

Yes, you are correct. Here is my diagram:
Ah I think you are right Delta it’s a horizontal plane with the force at 20 degrees. The horizontal component provides the acceleration and the vertical component reduces the frictional force due to gravity. But since it’s frictionless we can ignore the vertical component.

If you allow for an arbitrary v0 then you can solve for t in the ##s=v0+1/2 a*t^2##
So assuming V0 = 0 I find that time t = 9.4 seconds.

jedishrfu
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I get 9.41 sec if v0 is zero.

##F_x = 15 N * cos(20) = 14.09 N##

##a = F_x / m = 14.09 / 25 = 0.564 m/s^2##

Using ##s = 1/2 * a*t^2##

and solving for ##t## I get: ##t = sqrt(2s/a) = sqrt(2*25 / 0.564) = 9.41 sec ##