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College Physics

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

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

An object is acted on by a single nonzero force of magnitude F. (a) Is it possible for the object to have zero acceleration a? (b) Is it possible for the object to have zero angular acceleration α? (c) Is it possible for the object to be in mechanical equilibrium?

(a)

To determine
Whether the acceleration can be zero when a non-zero force acts on an object.

Explanation

From Newton’s 2nd law,

F=ma

  • m is the mass of the object.
  • a is the acceleration

(b)

To determine
Whether the angular acceleration can be zero when a non-zero force acts on an object.

(c)

To determine
Whether the object is at mechanical equilibrium or not.

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