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Homework Help: Inclined plane FNET

  1. Apr 28, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A sight seen on many bunny hills across ontatrio is young skiers pushing on ski poles and gliding down a slope untill they come to a rest . Obeserving from a distance , you note a young person (approximatly 25kg) pushing off with the ski poles to give herself an intial velocity of 3.5m/s. If the inclination of the hills is 5 degress and hte coefficient of kinetic friction for the skis on dry snow is 0.20 calculate.

    A) the time taken for the skier to come to a stop

    2. Relevant equations

    solving for t
    solving for a

    3. The attempt at a solution

    vi-3.5m/s m=25kg mu=0.20 angle=5degress

    I'm assuming that the skier without velocity would be stationary on the inclination.
    This is my first problem, is she accelerating down the ramp or moving at a constant velocity

    Fg =mg=25kg(9.8m/s^2)=245N



    49 newtons on the yaxis

    This is where I'm confused
    I have another equation that goes like this

    Fa=Fgsine5 + muFn
    =ma(sine +mucos5)

    I'm assuming this equation accounts for acceleration, subtracting the Ff.



    This is wrong

    oh and can someoen give me a more detailed explaantion what Fnormal is. I"m assuming it is the x component Fg subtracted from Fg.
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  3. Apr 28, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to PF.
    Not quite right.

    Your Fnormal is the normal component of Fg which is m*g*Cos5 which makes the retarding force from friction μ*m*g*Cos5. Then you have the component down the incline of m*g*Sin5

    So your acceleration is g*sin5 - μ*g*Cos5.

    V = a*t so ...

    t = 3.5/(g*sin5 - μ*g*Cos5)
  4. Apr 28, 2009 #3

    Now I theaoratically understand, We are breaking the slope into x and y compents.

    y= masine5

    friciton lies in the x axis, we are subtracting the force from the y axis
    ohh so it's a negative because thier is no accelleration.

    t = 3.5/(g*sin5 - μ*g*Cos5)
    Does this include mass

    Do you have any good sites ti do more of these types of examples, generally working with x and y components?
  5. Apr 28, 2009 #4
    t = 3.5/(g*sin5 - μ*g*Cos5)

    This piece
    (g*sin5 - μ*g*Cos5)

    I'm suppose to do algebrai expression


    If I aplly ur method, a= -1 meaning t=3.5s

    If I do algbrai method it's 29 t-0.1
    I guess what I'm saying is that the numebers do not seem right, but I give u the bebefit of the doubt..
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  6. Apr 28, 2009 #5


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    Well fwiw I get a = -1.1

    I don't understand your saying "29 t-0.1". Where does that come from?

    The acceleration you should note in this case is independent of mass.
  7. Apr 28, 2009 #6
    Oh thank you , for answering
    i pluged in algbraic expression



    The acceleration you should note in this case is independent of mass. I'll let that one sink in
    oh so if the object was accelerating, it would be dependant on mass, got it.

    well, hmm, i'm going to go watch a youtube vid on skiing ... so i know the dynamics better
    thanks again
  8. Apr 28, 2009 #7


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    The acceleration is independent of mass because the force affecting the acceleration is also proportional to mass. The mass cancels out completely.

    Your expression (3.5/29) is incorrect.

    You have equated force in Newtons to acceleration. Now that I see that 29 is your force, then you must still divide the 29 by the 25, which makes your result 1/25 of what it should be.
  9. Apr 28, 2009 #8
    t=3.5/(25/29) =4s

    wait hmm

    25kg/29N =0.86m/s^2


    This sounds more realistic

  10. Apr 28, 2009 #9


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    No. Your a = F/m

    a = 29/25.

    But I would disagree with your calculation for 29N. I get 27.5N

    That yields 27.5/25 = 1.1

    Oh. wait 1.1 .

    So t = 3.5/1.1, as I suggested a few posts ago.
  11. Apr 28, 2009 #10
    oh right I completly forgot about a=Fnet/m

    since she their is no acceleration, both forces on the y axis cancel eacthother out. Fa account for friction in the equation leaving Fnet=27.3.



    phew ^.^
    thanks(I feel like I'm walking in circles when I do formulas that cancel eachother out)
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