Problem: A freight company uses a compressed spring to shoot 1.70 kg packages up a 1.00 m-high frictionless ramp into a truck. The spring constant is 341 N/m and the spring is compressed 33.0cm.A careless worker spills his soda on the ramp. This creates a 50.0 cm-long sticky spot with a coefficient of kinetic friction 0.300. Will the next package make it into the truck?

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Spring potential energy:

Us=12kx2

Kinetic Energy:

K.E=12mv2

Gravitational potential energy:

U=mgh

Conservation of energy:

U0 + KE0 + Wnc= Uf + KEf + wf 

Wnc is the work done by non conservative forces.

  • d = 50.0 cm(1m/100cm) = 0.5m
  • μ = 0.300
  • m = 1.70 kg
  • h = 1.0 m
  • k = 341N/m
  • x = 33.0 cm(1m/100cm) = 0.33m
  • g = 9.8 m/s2 

f = μkmg

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A freight company uses a compressed spring to shoot 1.70 kg packages up a 1.00 m-high frictionless ramp into a truck. The spring constant is 341 N/m and the spring is compressed 33.0cm.

A careless worker spills his soda on the ramp. This creates a 50.0 cm-long sticky spot with a coefficient of kinetic friction 0.300. Will the next package make it into the truck?

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