Question related to Newton's second law

  • #1

Homework Statement



Given data:
- The weight of (A) is 3.6 N.
- The weight of (B) is 5.4 N.
- The kinetic friction coefficient between all surfaces is 0.25
http://img369.imageshack.us/img369/2999/figurehg3.png [Broken]

The problem statement:
Find the required force for dragging (B) with a constant speed.

Homework Equations


[tex]\sum F = ma[/tex]


The Attempt at a Solution


Body (A):
http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/2518/78564322dp4.png [Broken]

N - W2 = 0
N = W2

Fk - P = 0
Fk = P
uk × N = P
0.25 × 3.6 = P
P = 0.9 N.

Body (B):
http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6740/35855205ln7.png [Broken]
P + Fk = F
F = ukN + P
F = [ 0.25 × (3.6+5.4) ] + 0.9
F = (9 × 0.25) + 0.9
F = 3.15 N.
 
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Answers and Replies

  • #2
One thing I'm slightly concerned about is that you have a friction force between the ground and the block on body B, but not a friction force between the two blocks A & B (which would be present on the top of the block via the way you've been nicely drawing the diagrams).
 
  • #3
The question says "The kinetic friction coefficient between all surfaces is 0.25" so that doesn't mean there is only a friction between the ground and body (B) .
 
  • #4
The question says "The kinetic friction coefficient between all surfaces is 0.25" so that doesn't mean there is only a friction between the ground and body (B) .

Yes: and you have the friction between A & B on block A... but not on block B. Remember Newtons THIRD law...
 
  • #5
the final answer is 4.05 N ?
 
  • #6
body (A):

N - W2 = 0
N = W2
Fk(A) - P = 0
Fk(A) = P
uk × N = P
0.25 × 3.6 = P
P = 0.9 N.

Body (B):

P + Fk(A) + Fk(B) = F
F = uk N(A) + 0.9 + P
F = [ 0.25 × (3.6+5.4) ] + 0.9 + 0.9
F = (9 × 0.25) + 1.8
F = 4.05 N.

Right ??
 
  • #7
Yes: and you have the friction between A & B on block A... but not on block B. Remember Newtons THIRD law...

so there is no any friction force on (A) ?!!

I get confused
help plz
 
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