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    A bicyclist is coasting straight down a hill at a constant speed. The mass of the rider and bicycle is 75.0 kg, and the hill is inclined at 19.0 with respect to the horizontal. Air resistance opposes the motion of the cyclist. Later, the bicyclist climbs the same hill at the same constant speed. How much force (directed parallel to the hill) must be applied to the bicycle in order for the bicyclist to climb the hill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcmango View Post
    A bicyclist is coasting straight down a hill at a constant speed. The mass of the rider and bicycle is 75.0 kg, and the hill is inclined at 19.0 with respect to the horizontal. Air resistance opposes the motion of the cyclist. Later, the bicyclist climbs the same hill at the same constant speed. How much force (directed parallel to the hill) must be applied to the bicycle in order for the bicyclist to climb the hill?
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    please help with this one.
    FBD time. The first part tells you what the magnitude of the air resistance is, so you can use that for the second part of the problem.

    Hint: When you set up your coordinate system, call +x the direction of the cyclist (parallel to the slope) and +y perpendicular to the slope.

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