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Newton 2nd law, forces and vectors

  1. Jul 10, 2012 #1
    A car of mass 1000 kg tows a caravan of mass 600kg up a road which rises 1m vertically for every 20m its length.
    There are constant frictional forces of 200N and 100N to the motion of the car and caravan respectively.
    the combination has an acceleration of 1.2ms-2 with the engine exerting a constant driving force.
    Find a. the driving force
    b. the tension in the tow bar

    i have the sol'n for part a
    no clue for part b
    will post my progress below
     
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  3. Jul 10, 2012 #2
    part a
    using g as 10

    f = ma
    (1000 + 600)(1.2)
    1920N


    F component paralled to plane inclined
    (1600)(10) Sin∅
    (1600)(10)(1/20)
    =800N

    driving force
    1920+800+200+100
    =3020N
    ................................

    part b
    1920 - 800
    1120N

    lol
    oops
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2012
  4. Jul 10, 2012 #3

    ehild

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    The force of the tow bar pulls the caravan. Find the resultant of all forces exerted on the caravan. You know its acceleration.

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