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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This interactive homework problem for introductory physics introduces frictional forces between a moving cart and a block sitting on top of the cart.  Students will apply concepts involving both static and kinetic friction to determine the maximum acceleration of the system so the block will not slip.  A user-activated "help" sequence is provided for each step of the problem-solving, including conceptual analysis and a thorough discussion of the properties of both static and kinetic friction.  Immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.
Editor's Note: We like this problem because it helps students differentiate static from kinetic friction and promotes use of appropriate strategies to approach problem-solving involving frictional forces. Packs a lot of punch! See Related Items for a link to the full collection of interactive problems by the same author.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
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© 2006 University of Illinois Physics Education Research Group
Keywords:
acceleration, coefficient of friction, force, friction, kinetic friction, static friction
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/04/IE_block_on_cart).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block on Cart (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/04/IE_block_on_cart>.
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Gladding, G. (2014, August 31). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block on Cart. Retrieved September 15, 2024, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/04/IE_block_on_cart
Chicago Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block on Cart. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, August 31, 2014. https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/04/IE_block_on_cart (accessed 15 September 2024).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block on Cart. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 31 Aug. 2014. 15 Sep. 2024 <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/04/IE_block_on_cart>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gary Gladding", Title = {Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Block on Cart}, Publisher = {University of llinois Physics Education Research Group}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {15 September 2024}, Month = {August 31, 2014}, Year = {2006} }
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This is the full collection of homework problems by the same author.  It contains six comprehensive problem sets classified by course level.

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