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Homework Help: Friction without mass, help

  1. Mar 4, 2014 #1
    Friction without mass, help!!!

    the question is this as quoted. "A railroad flatcar is loaded with crates having a coefficient of static friction of 0.25 with the floor. if the train is moving at 48 km/h, in how short a distance can the train be stopped at a constant acceleration without causing the crates to slide?"

    As far as i can tell, i would need the mass to do this question. maybe I am missing something? this is a problem my professor wrote up so I believe it MAY be possible he forgot to give us mass, but then again I do recall doing something similar to this a while back.

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  3. Mar 4, 2014 #2


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    You don't need the mass. If you don't know it just call it 'm' and work the problem from there. It will cancel from your answer.
  4. Mar 4, 2014 #3
    could you work the problem for me possibly?
  5. Mar 5, 2014 #4


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    No, that's not how the forum works. Dick gave you a very good hint - now try to describe it with equations.
  6. Mar 5, 2014 #5


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    As Borek said, that's not how it works here. The Homework Help Guidelines (in the PF rules - https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=414380) says:
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