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Homework Help: Need help with problem please

  1. Jan 11, 2005 #1
    a car is driven at a constant speed of 76km/h down a road. The car's engine delivers 48 kW of power. Calculate the average force that is resisting the motion of the car

    any help would be appreciated. I had an idea, but i dont know if its right.
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  3. Jan 11, 2005 #2


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    What is the relationship between Power, force and velocity ?
  4. Jan 11, 2005 #3
    well i was thinking power=w/t, so power=fd/t, d/t is velocity, so power = force x velocity, and i figure out that force. it is asking for resisting force, so it is asking for the frictional force. Since it is constant speed, the net force is zero, so it would just be the negative force of the above force. This is what i was thinking
  5. Jan 11, 2005 #4


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    Well, there you go. :smile:

    Another way to look at it would be that all the engine's power is going to overcome friction. This is why the car is not accelerating.
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  6. Jan 11, 2005 #5
    thats right?
  7. Jan 11, 2005 #6


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    Yup yup!

    Hmm, 'yup yup!' is too short, so I had to add this bit.
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