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Friction of suitcase on a conveyor belt

  1. Sep 19, 2005 #1
    A baggage handler drops your 10 kg suitcase onto a conveyor belt running at 2.0 m/s the materials are such that myoo (i think thats what its called, the coeffectient of friction) kinetic - .3 static - .5. How far is your suitcase dragged before it is ridding smoothly on the belt?


    The only thing i need to know is if there is an equation for this i don't know of any that are relivent to this. Thanks you guys are great!
     
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  3. Sep 19, 2005 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    It's pronounced that way, but it's spelled "mu".

    It's not just an equation, you have to analyze the problem. This problem is a bit more involved than the standard Physics I problem because you have to use both kinematics and dynamics. You'll need to start by drawing the free body diagram for the suitcase and summing the forces.
     
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