Homework Help: Newtons Second Law force help

1. Jan 21, 2008

Kaleb

Hey all, I am new to Physics. Recently changed majors from technical writing to physics for the amount of interest I have in the subject. I have been doing ok but I missed a couple of questions on my last homework and I feel that I should have had somebody check my general solved statements after I finished to make sure that I was correct. Anyways, enough about me!

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
What is the greatest acceleration a runner can muster if the friction between her shoes and the pavement is 90% of her weight?

2. Relevant equations
F = ma
.9%*9.8 m/s

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3. The attempt at a solution
I figure since the force is her body moving at a constant velocity that the greatest acceleration she could reach would be 8.82 m/s. I also tried to make this using Newtons Second Law of a = Fnet/m but what would the net force be equal to? 90%? Any and all help is appreciated, but please post in user friendly terms as I am not that familiar with heavy physics terms yet as I have seen in some other topics(but not all).

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2. Jan 22, 2008

sarujin

I'm not sure how your paper was graded, but maybe you got it wrong because of a little confusion in units and terminology?

The force of her movement is her body's mass moving at a constant acceleration, not velocity. Also the greatest acceleration would be 8.82 m/s^2. I can't see a mistake otherwise.

3. Jan 22, 2008

Kaleb

Thanks Sarujin, your help is appreciated as well as the corrections to my terms. I see why I go it wrong now.