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Power required to move up an incline

  1. Mar 17, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What power is needed to drive a car at 60 km/h up a 10% grade.

    g= 9.81 m/s^2

    2. Relevant equations

    P = Fv
    P_ave= W/T

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I drew my diagram and FBD.

    Since Fy=mAy=0..


    I know that Ax will be 0 since the velocity is constant, and I need to find the frictional constant:


    But I don't have F, since it's what I'm trying to find..and this is where I've been stuck.
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  3. Mar 17, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to PF.

    Maybe consider the rate of change of potential energy?
  4. Mar 17, 2009 #3
    Problem with that is we haven't learned anything about energy yet so we are supposed to use regular Work, Power, and other Motion formulas.
  5. Mar 17, 2009 #4


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    OK. So consider then the force of gravity along the incline.

    The car travels at 16.667 m/s, so in 1 second, what force was required to overcome gravity over that distance?

    That gives you W per sec = F*d per sec.
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