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402-G: Block Dragging 2: Dragging With Kinetic Friction

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402-G: Block Dragging 2: Dragging With Kinetic Friction

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In the previous section on dragging blocks, we considered only an example without friction. In this section, on blocks with kinetic friction, we will add a fourth force to our free-body diagram.

Important Rule

To do the problems in this section, you will need to use Newton's Second Law: $$ \Sigma F = ma $$

Forces 1 - 3:

Force 4: Kinetic Friction

Kinetic friction is a force that acts on anything that is sliding on a surface. It is the force that makes moving things difficult.

$$ F_{frk} = \mu_k F_N $$

The value \( \mu_k \) is called the coefficient of kinetic friction. It is property of the two objects being rubbed together. A greater coefficient of kinetic friction indicates that the objects have rougher surfaces and thus more friction. It is usually a value less than 0.5. It is frequently given in the problem, or the goal of the problem is to discover it.

Finding Acceleration:

  1. A 2.00 kg block is being dragged on a surface with friction by an applied force of 44.0 Newtons to the right. It is accelerating because of the pull! The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the surface is 0.400.
    1. Use the information to fill out the table below:
    2. The two vertical forces cancel out in this problem, but there are two different horizontal forces. Determine the net force (magnitude and direction) acting on the block.
    3. Determine the magnitude of acceleration \( a\) of the block.
  2. A 8.00 kg block is being dragged on a surface with friction by an applied force of 48.0 Newtons to the RIGHT. It is accelerating because of the pull! The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the surface is 0.380.
    1. Use the information to fill out the table below:
    2. The two vertical forces cancel out in this problem, but there are two different horizontal forces. Determine the net force (magnitude and direction) acting on the block.
    3. Determine the magnitude of acceleration \( a \) of the block.

Finding \( \mu_k \)

In these problems, you will need to use the principles above, along with Newton's First Law, to determine the coefficient of kinetic friction.

Newtons First Law: If an object is either not moving or moving at a constant velocity, the net force acting on that object is zero.

  1. A 2.00 kg block is being dragged to the right on a surface at a constant velocity by a force of 16.0 Newtons.
    1. What is the net force acting on this block? How do you know? Refer explicitly to one of the laws of physics in your answer.
    2. Fill out the table below to analyze the forces acting on the box. You won't be able to fill it out the same order you did problems 1 and 2. You will need to think about it a little differently.
    3. Determine the coefficient of kinetic friction \( \mu_k \) between the block and the surface.
  2. A 12.0 kg block is being dragged to the right on a surface at a constant velocity by a force of 44.0 Newtons.
    1. What is the net force acting on this block? How do you know? Refer explicitly to one of the laws of physics in your answer.
    2. Fill out the table below to analyze the forces acting on the box.
    3. Determine the coefficient of kinetic friction \( \mu_k \) between the block and the surface.

Extra Problems

(It is not necessary to complete these problems when turning in the practice page.)

  1. A 6.00 kg block is being dragged on a surface with friction by an applied force of 18.0 Newtons to the RIGHT. It is accelerating because of the pull! The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the surface is 0.220.
    1. Use the information to fill out the table below:
    2. The two vertical forces cancel out in this problem, but there are two different horizontal forces. Determine the net force (magnitude and direction) acting on the block.
    3. Determine the magnitude of acceleration \( a \) of the block.
  2. A 0.500 kg block is being dragged to the right on a surface at a constant velocity by a force of 1.20 Newtons.
    1. What is the net force acting on this block? How do you know? Refer explicitly to one of the laws of physics in your answer.
    2. Fill out the table below to analyze the forces acting on the box.
    3. Determine the coefficient of kinetic friction \( \mu_k \) between the block and the surface.

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