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    Physics Experiment

    During a physics experiment, a fan is used to apply a push to a cart on a hortizontal track. A student would like the net force on the cart to be 12 N to the left. The student knows that the friction force on the cart by the track will be 3 N to the left. The fan should exert a force of

    A. 15 N to the right
    B. 15 N to the left
    C 9 N to the right
    D 9 N to the left
    E None of these
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    Well what have you got so far?
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    all going left 15
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    If there is a net force of 12 N to the left on the cart, meaning it will move to the left, the force of kinetic friction will oppose the motion, that is, will point to the right.

    Did you give the problem exactly as stated? Normally, friction does not contribute to motion, but rather retards it.
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    Yes that is the question
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    there was a typo
    During a physics experiment a fan is used to apply a push to a cart on a horizontal track. A student would like the net force on the cart to be 12 N to the right. The student knows that the friction force on the cart by the track will be 3 n to the left.
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    Re: Physics Experiment

    If we choose to the right to be positive, we may then state:

    F_{\text{net}}=F_{\text{fan}}-f_{k}

    F_{\text{fan}}=F_{\text{net}}+f_{k}

    We are told we want/have:

    F_{\text{net}}=12\text{ N}

    f_{k}=3\text{ N}

    Thus, we have:

    F_{\text{fan}}=12\text{ N}+3\text{ N}=15\text{ N}

    Since this is positive, we know it is to the right by our definition.
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