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Homework Help: Force Question

  1. May 5, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Three blocks are stacked on top of each other. How many forces are on the bottom block?
    a. 0
    b. 1
    c. 2
    d. 3
    e. 4

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know this is a very simple question, I just feel like it's easy to tricked. Obviously gravity is acting on the bottom block. The second block is also acting on the bottom block. However, the top block is acting on the second block, does this count as it also acting on the bottom block? It's either 2 or 3 forces I just cant decide which.
  2. jcsd
  3. May 5, 2014 #2
    I'm leaning towards 2 since the top and bottom block aren't in direct contact.
  4. May 5, 2014 #3
    Draw a free body diagram for the bottom block. This will tell you right away what forces are acting on it.

  5. May 5, 2014 #4
    What about the contact force with the table?
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