For my physics class we were just given an exam that asked the following:
A 12Kg lawnmower is pushed with a constant force along the 30* handle with 80N. Break the Forces into its vector components. (Assume 0 Friction)
If the lawn mower was pushed with a constant force for 20 minutes, what is the final change in momentum, what is the final change in velocity, what is the final change in kinetic energy, and how far will you have walked?
After 10 minutes, how fast will the wheels be rotating and how many rotations have they made?
How big must μ be if the actual velocity is 5m/s, and how much energy will be lost due to friction?
I broke the Forces into their components: Fx=70N, Fy=40N. For the next part of this problem I used F=ma, and the horizontal force of 70N and found an acceleration of 5.8m/s^2, and this is where I think I went wrong, as after this all of my numbers were insanely large.
Are these just completely unrealistic numbers, and did I do it correctly? Or did I go wrong from the start? Would anyone care to share some insight on the correct answers for this problem?
Fx = 70N || Fy = 40N
Momentum = 83,520 || Velocity = 6,960m/s
KE = 290,000,000 || Distance = 4,000,000m
Rotating Speed = 22,165rps || Total Rotations = 6,650,000
Frictional u = 1.16 || Loss of energy = 10N