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Homework Help: How to find acceleration of object without mass?

  1. Jan 21, 2017 #1
    1. A ship is launched into the water down a ramp making an angle of 8 degrees with the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the bottom of the ship and the ramp is μk=0.06. What is the acceleration of the ship down the ramp?

    2. I know that the equation to solve this is
    a = gsin(theta) - μkgcos(theta)
    Which gives you 0.8 m/s^2

    3. So, I have the equation to solve it and the correct answer but I'm just not sure how to derive that equation in the first place?
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  3. Jan 21, 2017 #2


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    Hi grbd920, Welcome to Physics Forums!

    Please retain the formatting template headers when you create your homework help requests.

    Draw the FBD for the problem and assign a variable, say M, to the mass. Write the equations. You should find that the M cancels out along the way to the solution.
  4. Jan 21, 2017 #3
    Got it! Thank you! :)
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