# Thread: Finding the magnitude of forces acting on a body

1. ## Finding the magnitude of forces acting on a body

Two forces Fa and Fb are applied to an object whose mass is 8.0kg. Fa is the larger force. When both forces point due east, the objects acce. has a magnitude of .50m/s.s. However, when Fa points due east and Fb points due west, the acc is 0.40m/s.s. Find a) magnitude of Fa and b) the magnitude of Fb.

I tried it and came up with a) as 4N, but the answer is 3.6N. I did m x a=F
I don't have a clue how to get 0.40 N for the answer of b).

Can someone help me get started on this please.

I looked thru the little notes I have, which do not help and going thru my book, has nothing like this.
Thanks.
Joanne

Two forces Fa and Fb are applied to an object whose mass is 8.0kg. Fa is the larger force. When both forces point due east, the objects acce. has a magnitude of .50m/s.s. However, when Fa points due east and Fb points due west, the acc is 0.40m/s.s. Find a) magnitude of Fa and b) the magnitude of Fb.

I tried it and came up with a) as 4N, but the answer is 3.6N. I did m x a=F
I don't have a clue how to get 0.40 N for the answer of b).

Can someone help me get started on this please.

I looked thru the little notes I have, which do not help and going thru my book, has nothing like this.
Thanks.
Joanne
Yes, use $\displaystyle \displaystyle F = ma$

Now, we take east to be the positive direction and west to be the negative.

When both forces point east, the force is the sum of the forces, this is equal to mass times acceleration. That is,

$\displaystyle \displaystyle F_a + F_b = 8 (0.5)$

Similarly, when $\displaystyle \displaystyle F_b$ points in the negative direction, we get

$\displaystyle \displaystyle F_a - F_b = 8(0.4)$

Now you have a system of two equations with two unknows ($\displaystyle \displaystyle F_a$ and $\displaystyle \displaystyle F_b$), solve this system to get your answer.

3. OMG, I did not that it included equation. The teacher never said this would be used. oh man.
I got it now.
It's substitution for one of the letters. geeshhhhhhhhhhhh.

Thanks for the help GOT IT. but would have never thought of this at all tho.
Does this happen at times in Physics to use this????

OMG, I did not that it included equation. The teacher never said this would be used. oh man.
I got it now.
It's substitution for one of the letters. geeshhhhhhhhhhhh.
Really? Are you sure the teacher said that? F = ma is Newton's second law of motion. It is a pretty standard equation to use. I don't think you can go through a basic physics class without using it.

Thanks for the help GOT IT. but would have never thought of this at all tho.
Does this happen at times in Physics to use this????
Hmm, I would suppose it happens all the time, I never took physics. But once you knew what equation to use, it was pretty much a math problem. There's a lot of math in physics, so you can't forget the tricks you learn in math class. Simultaneous equations will come up in many situations. So look out for it.