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Stuck on a few homeowork problems

  1. Oct 15, 2004 #1
    Ooops, sorry I posted in the wrong forum.

    Here are the problems. I have no idea where to start! I don't want the answer I just want a little clue to get me started.
    If someone could just explain to me the steps I should take to go about solving these problems. BTW, I am clueless about the formulas. I only know Force = mass*accelaration.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2004
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  3. Oct 15, 2004 #2


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    The typical approach for dealing with problems like these is to start by drawing a free body diagram.
    Once you have a free body diagram, you can figure out expressions for the net force on the object that you're interested in.
    Using the expression for net force, you can apply F=ma.
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