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Two blocks 2kg & 4kg are connected through a massless string. Coeff. of friction btw 2kg & ground is 0.4 & coeff. of friction btw 4kg & ground is 0.6. F1=10N is applied on 2kg block to the left and F2=20N is applied on 4kg block to the right. Calculate frictional force btw 4kg block and ground. (assume tension is zero before F1 and F2 is applied).Pls solve it.

Two blocks 2kg & 4kg are connected through a massless string. Coeff. of friction btw 2kg & ground is 0.4 & coeff. of friction btw 4kg & ground is 0.6. F1=10N is applied on 2kg block to the left and F2=20N is applied on 4kg block to the right. Calculate frictional force btw 4kg block and ground. (assume tension is zero before F1 and F2 is applied).Pls solve it.

Grade:12

2 Answers

Badiuddin askIITians.ismu Expert
147 Points
11 years ago

Dear Aditya

maximum friction force that can act in between 2 kg block and ground is =0.2*20 = 4

maximum friction force that can act in between 4 kg block and ground is =0.6*40 = 24


when 2kg block just start moving toward left

  equation on 2 kg block  

so 10 -T- 4 =0

      T =6

equation on 4 kg block

  calculate 20-T = 14

which is less than the max friction force for 4 kg block so it will remain in the state of rest

 and frictional force is 14 .

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Aditya Narayanan C
8 Points
11 years ago

i got the answer as 18 N. Briefly explain it.

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