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Homework Help: Work and Friction Problem

  1. Mar 11, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 46 kg skier slides down a slope 21.7 m long, incilned at an angle θ to the horizontal. The magnitude of the kinetic friction force is 41 N. The skier s initial speed is 0.65 m/s and the speed at the bottom of the slope is 7.19 m/s. determine the angle θ from the law of conservation of enegery. Air resistance is neglible

    2. Relevant equations

    PE=mgy, KE= 1/2mv^2, W=F*d, Ff=μmgsinθ

    3. The attempt at a solution
    My attemp at the equation was based on the law of conservation of energy with this resulting formula


    I cant figure out how to find the height without an angle or vice versa, i ve been trying to figure it out for the last little bit with no success. I feel like I m missing just one step
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  3. Mar 11, 2013 #2


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    How much work was done against friction during the slide?
  4. Mar 11, 2013 #3
    Hey I think i figured it out, I took sin theta outta my energy conservation since it gave me the resisting force of 41N. I then used the energy conservation formula to find height and then O/H sin -1 to find my angle which turned out to be sig fig 12 degrees. It feels right but I guess I ll find out and post again.
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