﻿ Two bodies A and B of masses 5 kg and 10 kg in contact with each other rest on a table against a rigid wall (Fig. 5.21). The coefficient of friction between the bodies and the table is 0.15. A force of 200 N is applied horizontally toA. What are (a) the reaction of the partition (b) the action-reaction forces between A and B? What happens when the wall is removed? Does the answer to (b) change, when the bodies are in motion? Ignore the difference between μs and μk. from Physics Laws of Motion Class 11 Manipur Board

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Two bodies and of masses 5 kg and 10 kg in contact with each other rest on a table against a rigid wall (Fig. 5.21). The coefficient of friction between the bodies and the table is 0.15. A force of 200 N is applied horizontally toA. What are
(a) the reaction of the partition
(b) the action-reaction forces between
and B?
What happens when the wall is removed? Does the answer to (b) change, when the bodies are in motion? Ignore the difference between μ
s and μk.

(a)

Mass of body A, mA = 5 kg

Mass of body B, mB = 10 kg

Applied force, = 200 N

Coefficient of friction, μs = 0.15

The force of friction is given by the relation,

fs = μ (mA + mB)g

= 0.15 (5 + 10) × 10

= 1.5 × 15

= 22.5 N, leftward

Net force acting on the partition = 200 – 22.5

= 177.5 N, rightward

According to Newton’s third law of motion, the reaction force of the partition will be in the direction opposite to the net applied force.

Hence, the reaction of the partition will be 177.5 N,directed leftwards.

(b)

Force of friction on mass A, fA = μmA

= 0.15 × 5 × 10

= 7.5 N leftward

Net force exerted by mass A on mass B = 200 – 7.5 = 192.5 N, rightward

Now, according to Newton’s third law of motion, an equal amount of reaction force will be exerted by mass B on mass A.

i.e., Net force acting on mass A by mass B= 192.5 N acting leftward.

When the wall is removed, the two bodies will move in the direction of the applied force.

Net force acting on the moving system = 177.5 N

The equation of motion for the system of acceleration a, can be written as,

Net force = (mA + mB) a

∴ Acceleration, a =

=

Net force causing mass A to move,

FA = mA

= 5 × 11.83

= 59.15 N

Net force exerted by mass A on mass B = 192.5 – 59.15 = 133.35 N

This force will act in the direction of motion.

According to Newton’s third law of motion, an equal amount of force will be exerted by mass B on mass A, i.e., 133.3 N, acting opposite to the direction of motion.
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