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One object exerting force on another

  1. Apr 17, 2009 #1
    Two steel blocks are at rest on a frictionless horizontal surface. Block X has a mas of 3.0 kg ans is attacthed by means of a light taut string to block Y that has a mass of 12 kg. A force of 45 N (E) is applied to block x. Calculate the force block Y exerts on block x.

    I don't have any idea of how to go about do this question. I think it's related to newton's 3rd law about action-reaction forces but I don't know any else. Could someone please guide me in the right direction? Thanks
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  3. Apr 17, 2009 #2


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    There is a taut string - in tension.

    The force is applied to one block (X), but because of the string, it affects both blocks of the total mass, and X is pulling on block Y by virtue of the string.

    This might help - http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/fcm.html#c1
  4. Apr 17, 2009 #3
    Thanks :D
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