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Homework Help: Soup can kinetics

  1. Sep 28, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    mass of can .298 kg lenght of table 1.257 m height of elev .05m

    time trial 1 3.50 sec 2 4.22 sec 3 4.23 sec
    length of table

    determine the force required to accelerate the can along the table. avg speed is .36 m/s final speed is .72 m/s acceleration is 1.257m/3.98 s = .32 m/s how do i find accelerating force
    2. Relevant equations
    i found acceleration how to i find accelerating force ? is the 9.80 m/s come into play somewhere?

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Sep 29, 2008 #2


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    Hi mrsmed! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    Use good ol' Newton's second law …

    force = mass times acceleration :smile:
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