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What is the contact force between the blocks?

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Homework Statement



Two blocks are in contact on a frictionless, horizontal tabletop. An external force, F, is applied to block 1, and the two blocks are moving with a constant acceleration a = 2.45 m/s^2.

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what is the contact force between the blocks?

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I'm a little confused with the question. I see that the force that block 1 exerts on block 2 is different from the one that block 2 exerts in block 1. Does that mean that I have two different contact forces?
 

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I'm a little confused with the question. I see that the force that block 1 exerts on block 2 is different from the one that block 2 exerts in block 1. Does that mean that I have two different contact forces?
In what way are they different? Can you show your reasoning or better yet, your calculation?
 
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In what way are they different? Can you show your reasoning or better yet, your calculation?
I see my mistake. I was somehow mistaking it with static friction.
 

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