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Warm-Up Exercise for lecture 7

Due 8:00 am, Tues, 22 Sep 2009

Physics 105, Fall 2009

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Did you complete the reading assignment? (Typically this means at least 20-30 minutes looking over the assigned sections of the book.)
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You start to push against a refrigerator. It initially does not budge, but then after you push hard enough it starts sliding along the floor. Which is correct?
The friction force was smallest just after the refrigerator started to move.
The friction force was largest just after the refrigerator started to move.
The friction force was largest just before the refrigerator started to move.
The friction force was constant the whole time.

A block is sliding down a ramp with constant speed. There is friction between the block and the ramp. The friction force is:
smaller than the component of gravity down the ramp
larger than the component of gravity down the ramp
equal to the component of gravity down the ramp

A small block is "riding" on top of a large block, which is being pulled to the right with a rope. Both blocks accelerate at the same rate to the right. The force of friction acting on the small block is:
to the left
to the right
nonexistent

Ralph noticed that in the equation for the force of static friction, there's a "less than or equal to" sign, but in the equation for kinetic friction, there is a plain equals sign. He wants to know why they are different. What should I tell him?

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Which part of today's assignment was particularly hard or confusing? What would you like to spend extra time on in class?

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