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Friction No Clue

  1. Oct 12, 2006 #1
    Friction No Clue!!

    A 2.5 kg block is pushed along a horizontal floor by a force of magnitude 14 N at an angle = -36° with the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the floor is 0.15. Calculate the magnitudes of (a) the frictional force on the block from the floor and (b) the block's acceleration.

    Any help would be welcomed.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 12, 2006 #2
    C'mon, you have to have some clue!
    What equations might be relevent?
    What do you know?
    What are you looking for?
  4. Oct 12, 2006 #3
    14n cos 36 - .15 =11.17 n ?

    11.17/3.5= 3.19 m/s^2 ?
  5. Oct 12, 2006 #4
    First of all, no.
    Second of all, I meant equations as in symbols.
    like this:


    But yours is trickier. But not impossible:wink: .
  6. Oct 12, 2006 #5
    It helps to draw a FBD(free body diagram) of the block and write all the forces acting on it. I see 4 different forces, can you? (One of the force is at an angle, so that can be broken up into x and y components)
  7. Oct 12, 2006 #6
    uk -------------------- 14 cos 36
    mg 14 sin 36

    does this look right?
  8. Oct 12, 2006 #7
    Ummm... I don't get it.

    About the equations...
    you're looking for the force of friction.
    The force of kinetic friction is given by the equaiton [tex]F_f=\mu_kN[/tex]
    What do you know?
    What are you looking for?
    What do you still need to know?
    Is there another equation you could use to find that?
  9. Oct 12, 2006 #8
    i dont know enough i guess
  10. Oct 12, 2006 #9
    Ff= .15*2.5kg*9.8= 3.675n ?
  11. Oct 12, 2006 #10
    OK, you're getting there.
    Unfortunately, in this case N doesn't equal mg, even though it often does.
    Use [tex] \Sigma F_y=ma=0[/tex], and notice that the force of the push has a y component.
  12. Oct 12, 2006 #11
    a= [.15*14sin36*9.8*2.5] /2.5 ?
  13. Oct 12, 2006 #12
    Look, Randy, can you do me a favor?
    Don't just show me the numbers; state the equation symbolically first.

    Also, I highly suggest that you solve for friction before looking for acceleration--you can't find acceleration without knowing the force of friction.
  14. Oct 12, 2006 #13
    i give up thank you for your time
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