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Physics Hard Forces Problem

  1. Oct 19, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    An airplane begins its takeoff sequence moving with a constant acceleration a. A passenger holds up a pocketwatch during the takeoff sequence and notices that the watch makes an angle θ = 14° with the vertical, and that 13.3 seconds pass before the plane leaves the runway.

    (a) What is the plane's constant acceleration?


    (b) How far does the plane travel on the runway?


    2. Relevant equations

    F = ma

    3. The attempt at a solution

    There is no given mass, I don't know how to find it without it.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Oct 19, 2012 #2

    NascentOxygen

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    The watch lanyard makes an angle determined by two perpendicular forces. One force is due to gravity acting on the watch's mass, m, the other due to acceleration of that same mass.
     
  4. Oct 20, 2012 #3
    Yes, but when you don't have the mass of the watch itself, how would you be able to solve it, all it gives you is the angle measure and the force of gravity, which is 10.

    Here's a picture if it helps,

    Frensley_Forces_Horizontal_006.gif
     
  5. Oct 21, 2012 #4

    NascentOxygen

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    Then you call its mass m kg, and work out the vector forces due to gravity and horizontal acceleration both in terms of m kg. What will the magnitudes of each force be?
     
  6. Oct 21, 2012 #5

    PeterO

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    Don't forget that the person across the aisle, holding their watch up like you, will see their watch hang at the same angle, and their watch has a mass of precisely 0.21 kg. Does that help?
     
  7. Oct 21, 2012 #6

    Doc Al

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