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A hockey puck is hit on a frozen lake and starts moving with a speed

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A hockey puck is hit on a frozen lake and starts moving with a speed of 12.0m/s. Five seconds later, its speed is 6.00m/s. What is its average acceleration? What is the average value of the coefficient of kinetic friction between puck and ice? How far does the puck travel during the 5.00s interval?

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Equation for speed as a function of time for constant acceleration is:

v = u + at where v is the final speed, u is the initial speed, a is the acceleration, and t is the time elapsed. This gives a = (v - u)/t

In this case, v = 6 m/s, u = 12 m/s, t = 5s.
Thus a = (6 - 12) / 5 = -1.2 m/s^2
Average acceleration = - 1.2 m/s^2
(The negative sign means it is decelerating).

From laws of motion we have F = ma, where F is the force, m is the mass, and a is the acceleration. So we have:

F = -1.2m with m being the mass of the puck. The force is negative because it acts in a direction opposite to the motion of the puck.

The magnitude of the force is the force of friction. The friction force Q is given as:
Q = cmg, where c is coeff of friction, m is the mass of the puck, and g is the gravitational acceleration (9.8 m/s^2). Thus we have:

1.2m = cmg

which gives c = 1.2/g = 1.2/9.8 = 0.1224
Thus, coeff of kinetic friction is 0.1224.

Distance traveled d is given by:

d = ut + 0.5at^2
Again, u = 12 m/s, a = -1.2 m/s^2, t = 5s. This gives d = 12x5 - 0.5x1.2x25 = 45 m
Distance traveled by puck = 45 m

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

That was quick! i now know where i went wrong with this problem.

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