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    acceleration and mass

    does mass affect acceleration of a body in a frictionless inclined plane?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maeca View Post
    does mass affect acceleration of a body in a frictionless inclined plane?
    Try calculating the acceleration of an object of mass M down a slope inclined at an angle of \theta to the horizontal and see for yourself ....
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    i don't know how to find the acceleration in a frictionless inclined plane
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    Look at the diagram. Since we are on a frictionless incline, the only force acting on the blue object along the incline is the component of the force of gravity ( F_g) parallel to it, i.e. mg\sin \theta).

    So, the net force acting on the object along the incline is given by: F_{\text{net}} = mg \sin \theta

    But what do we know about F_{\text{net}} ? Newton's second law!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maeca View Post
    i don't know how to find the acceleration in a frictionless inclined plane
    Do you have any experience solving these sorts of problems?

    You can do the experiments at this website:

    CalcTool: Object on a slope calculator

    Give M different values and see what happens to the acceleration.
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