Please help with a question about friction

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Three blocks A, B, and C of masses m1, m2 and m3 respectively are lying on top of each other on a frictionless table with A on top and C on bottom. The coefficient of friction between A and B is u1 and between B and C in u2. Find the accelerations a1, a2 and a3 of the three blocks if a horizontal force F is applied on:
(a) A, (b) B and (c) C
The force F is applied on one block at a time and the accelerations are noted and then it is applied on the second one then the third one giving us three sets of accelerations.


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I can't get anything in my head.
 

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First thing to do is make a drawing. You will notice it's impossible to draw three blocks on top of each other :smile: but you can draw a block C on top of B which is on top of A.
Then for each case make a free body diagram of each of the blocks. See if you have enough information to solve, or if you still need some additional assumptions (about sliding or not sliding :rolleyes: )

Oh, and: you can't get started without some relevant equations. That's why there is a section 2 in the template. Check your notes or your textbook.

The equations link the variables that appear in your diagrams, so make a list of them (item 1 in the template :wink: ).

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