Solving Friction Problems: Boy vs Girl Tug-of-War

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Then, use Newton's second law to calculate the acceleration of boy.In summary, to solve the problem of two individuals of different masses using a massless rope in a tug-of-war on a frictionless surface, you can use Newton's third and second laws. By finding the force acting on one individual, you can determine the acceleration of the other.
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Hi,
I am a bit confused with all this friction stuff... How would I begin to solve this problem and by using what formulas? Thanks.

Suppose a 65-kg boy and a 45-kg girl use a massless rope in a tug-of-war on an icy, resistance-free surface. If the accelleration of the girl toward the boy is 3.0 m/s2, find the magnitude of the acceleration of the boy toward the girl.
 
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This is happening on a resistance free surface. There is no friction.

Also, you at least need to attempt the problem on your own. Your hint though is to think about force balancing, and that you only need one formula.
 
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In this problem there is no friction. You can solve this problem by using Newton's third law.
From the given data, find the force acting on the girl by boy. The girl must react with same force on boy.
 

Related to Solving Friction Problems: Boy vs Girl Tug-of-War

1. How does the weight of the boy and girl affect the outcome of a tug-of-war?

The weight of the boy and girl will affect the outcome of a tug-of-war because it determines the amount of force they can exert on the rope. The heavier the individual, the more force they can apply, giving them an advantage in the tug-of-war.

2. Does the grip strength of the boy and girl make a difference in the tug-of-war?

Yes, the grip strength of the boy and girl can make a difference in the tug-of-war. A stronger grip allows them to hold onto the rope more firmly, giving them a better chance of winning the tug-of-war.

3. What role does the surface of the ground play in a tug-of-war?

The surface of the ground can impact the outcome of a tug-of-war. A smooth surface may make it easier for one team to drag the other, while a rough surface may provide more traction and make it more difficult for either team to gain an advantage.

4. What other factors, besides weight and grip strength, can affect the outcome of a tug-of-war?

Other factors that can affect the outcome of a tug-of-war include the number of people on each team, their strategy, and their level of physical fitness. A larger team may have an advantage over a smaller team, and a well-planned strategy can make up for differences in strength.

5. Can the outcome of a tug-of-war ever be predicted?

It is difficult to accurately predict the outcome of a tug-of-war as there are many variables at play. However, the team with the greater combined weight and grip strength may have a higher chance of winning. Ultimately, the outcome will depend on how well each team works together and utilizes their strengths.

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