Need help with vector dynamics problems

In summary, the maximum acceleration of a car on a level ground can be calculated by using the equation F_{max} ={\mu}_{s} * m * g, where {\mu}_{s} is the static coefficient of friction, m is the mass of the car, and g is the acceleration due to gravity.
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1) What is the maximum acceleration a car can undergo on a level ground if the static coefficient of friction between the tires and the ground is 0.55?

I have no idea on how to start this problem. It seems there is not enough information.

2) A city planner is working on the redesign of a hilly portion of a city. An important consideration is how steep the roads can be so that even small cars can get up the hills without slowing down. It is given that a particular small car, with a mass of 1000kg can accelerate on the level from rest to 14m/s in 8.0s. Using this figure, calculate the maximum steepness of a hill.

If you guys can help me start this problem, i should be able to finish it on my own.
 
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krypt0nite said:
1) What is the maximum acceleration a car can undergo on a level ground if the static coefficient of friction between the tires and the ground is 0.55?

I have no idea on how to start this problem. It seems there is not enough information.

2) A city planner is working on the redesign of a hilly portion of a city. An important consideration is how steep the roads can be so that even small cars can get up the hills without slowing down. It is given that a particular small car, with a mass of 1000kg can accelerate on the level from rest to 14m/s in 8.0s. Using this figure, calculate the maximum steepness of a hill.

If you guys can help me start this problem, i should be able to finish it on my own.


In case of your first problem,you know that the maximum force is propotional to normal force and for static friction it is given as:
[tex]F_{max} ={\mu}_{s} * N [/tex]
and
[tex]F_{max} = m * a [/tex]
[tex] N = m * g [/tex]
putting these equations in the first one you can calculate maximum acceleration.
 
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Hi there, I'd be happy to assist you with these vector dynamics problems. Let's start with the first one about the maximum acceleration of a car on a level ground. The key concept here is the coefficient of friction between the tires and the ground. This coefficient represents the amount of friction (or resistance) between two surfaces in contact with each other. In this case, it is the friction between the tires and the ground that determines the maximum acceleration of the car.

To solve this problem, we can use the formula for maximum acceleration on a level ground, which is given by a = μg, where μ is the coefficient of friction and g is the acceleration due to gravity (9.8 m/s^2). So, if we plug in the given coefficient of friction of 0.55, we can calculate the maximum acceleration as:

a = (0.55)(9.8) = 5.39 m/s^2

This means that the maximum acceleration the car can undergo on a level ground is 5.39 m/s^2.

Moving on to the second problem, we are given the acceleration of a small car on a level ground (14m/s in 8.0s) and we need to calculate the maximum steepness of a hill that the car can climb without slowing down. To solve this, we need to use the equation for acceleration on an incline, which is given by a = gsinq, where g is the acceleration due to gravity and q is the angle of incline.

Since we want to find the maximum steepness, we can set the acceleration equal to the maximum acceleration on a level ground, which we calculated in the first problem (5.39 m/s^2). So, we have:

5.39 = (9.8)sin(q)

Solving for q, we get q = 33.6 degrees. This means that the maximum steepness of the hill that the car can climb without slowing down is 33.6 degrees.

I hope this helps you get started on these problems. Let me know if you have any further questions or need any clarification. Good luck!
 

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