# Two blocks of masses m 1 and m 2 ( m 1 &gt; m 2 ) are placed on a frictionless table in contact with each other. A horizontal force of magnitude F is applied to the block of mass m 1 in Figure P4.62. (a) If P is the magnitude of the contact force between the blocks, draw the free-body diagrams for each block. (b) What is the net force on the system consisting of both blocks? (c) What is the net force acting on m 1 ? (d) What is the net force acting on m 2 ? (e) Write the x -component of Newton’s second law for each block. (f) Solve the resulting system of two equations and two unknowns, expressing the acceleration a and contact force P in terms of the masses and force. (g) How would the answers change if the force had been applied to m 2 instead? ( Hint: use symmetry; don’t calculate!) Is the contact force larger, smaller, or the same in this case? Why? Figure P4.62

### College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305952300

### College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305952300

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