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Homework Help: Help with Kinetic Energy and Time

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    A pickup truck is carrying a toolbox, but the rear gate of the truck is missing, so the box will slide out if it is set moving. The coefficients of kinetic and static friction between the box and the bed of the truck are 0.305 and 0.700, respectively.

    Starting from rest, what is the shortest time this truck could accelerate uniformly to 32.0 ( 71.6) without causing the box to slide. (Hint: First use Newton’s second law to find the maximum acceleration that static friction can give the box, and then solve for the time required to reach 32.0 .)

    I am not sure what formulas to use or how to solve the problem, please help. Thanks.
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2
    Draw a force diagram of the box while the truck is accelerating, but when the box isn't sliding. Then just balance forces.
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