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How to calculate thrust

  1. May 16, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The lorry starts from rest with an acceleration of 2 ms-2.
    What is the effective thrust is being exerted?

    2. Relevant equations
    acceleration=2 ms-2
    starts from rest so initial velocity =0 ms-1

    3. The attempt at a solution
    F=ma
     
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  3. May 16, 2016 #2

    gneill

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    You'll need to provide the mass of the lorry. That will be the "m" in your f = ma.
     
  4. May 17, 2016 #3
    The mass is 28000kg,so 28000x2=56000 N
    would i just multiply it by the acceleration of 2 ms-2 but what about the acceleration due to gravity
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2016
  5. May 17, 2016 #4

    gneill

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    Presumably the motion that is of interest here is in the horizontal direction, and the lorry is accelerating along a level road surface. Gravity operates in the vertical direction, and the road surface prevents motion in that direction. The vertical force due to gravity (weight) does not contribute to motion in the horizontal direction.
     
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