# How far does the car skid before coming to a rest

## Homework Statement

Traveling at a speed of 58.0 km/h, the driver of a car locks the wheels by slamming on the brakes. The coefficient of kinetic friction is 0.720. How far does the car skid before coming to a rest

f=ma?
uk=Fk/Fn
??

## The Attempt at a Solution

i dont know where to start because no mass is given

Let the mass equal an arbitrary value m. Start working with what you know and see if anything happens to the mass. You might not need it after all.

i think i should be using an equation that would make the masses cancel, but i dont know what equation that is

What do you know about the frictional force?

You probably (or you probably should) know that it is equal to uN where u = coefficient of friction and N = mg.

Being that this is the only force acting in the horizontal direction, what can you say about the net force and, thus, the acceleration of the car?

Take it one step further and you've got the solution.

lol im still drawing a blank because of that mass
Fk=(.720)(m)(9.8m/s^2)
you cant put zero for mass and i dont see how can go away or how to solve for it.....??

Kurdt
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If you know friction is the only force acting and that is $F = \mu_k mg$ and that force is also $F= ma$ I can easily see how the mass will cancel and you can solve for acceleration.

ok
so ukmg=ma
uk(g)=a
a=(.720)(9.8m/s^2), a=7.056m/s^2
the question is find the distance it takes to stop...i know final velocity, acceleration, and am looking for distance which means i need initial velocity....?

o lol
nvm
forgot to read back through to find initial velocity

ok
so ukmg=ma
uk(g)=a
a=(.720)(9.8m/s^2), a=7.056m/s^2
the question is find the distance it takes to stop...i know final velocity, acceleration, and am looking for distance which means i need initial velocity....?

Which is given, can you solve it now?

yep
thanks....there may be more questions coming soon.
have a huge test tomorrow and i dont really understand this stuff

well this is what i did

$$v^{2}=v_{0}^{2}+2a_{x}(x-x_{0})$$

solve for x

x-initial & v-final = 0

$$\Sigma{F_{x}}=ma_{x}$$
$$-\mu_{k}N=ma_{x}$$

$$\Sigma{F_{y}}=0$$
$$N=mg$$

plug in normal in the X solve for acceleration, and plug that into the first equation, and don't forget to convert your initial velocity.

"a 250lb block rests on a horizontal table. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and table is .30. What force is required to pull the block at a constant speed if (a) a horizontal rope is attached, or if (b) the rope makes an angle of 25 above the horizontal.

for part (a) used (.30)(250)=75N whichh is the frictional force..is that the final answer?

For part (b) i used Uk=(Fk)/(Fn) where Uk=.30, and Fn=Wsin(theta).....which now that i look at it doesnt seem right

you must convert your weight ... lb to kg

N = (kg*m)/s^2

i did, its 25.5kg

i did, its 25.5kg
that's not what i got