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In the figure, a runaway truck with failed brakes is moving downgrade at 107 km/h just before the driver steers the truck up a frictionless emergency escape ramp with an inclination of *θ* = 20°. The truck's mass is 1.4 × 10^{4} kg. **(a)** What minimum length *L* must the ramp have if the truck is to stop (momentarily) along it? (Assume the truck is a particle, and justify that assumption.) Does the minimum length L increase, decrease, or remain the same if **(b)** the truck’s mass is decreased and **(c)** its speed is decreased?

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Given,

Step 2

To solve such problem, we need to apply Conservation of Energy,

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If we assume that Potential Energy (PE) of truck is zero at height H then at top of ramp velocity of truck will be maximum so Kinetic Energy (KE) of truck is maximum. While moving downwards...

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