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    A 4.0 kg toboggan rests on a frictionless icy surface, and a 2.0 kg block rests
    on top of the toboggan. The coefficient of static friction µs between the block
    and the surface of the toboggan is 0.58, whereas the kinetic friction
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    coefficient is 0.48. The block is pulled by a horizontal force of 30 N as shown.
    a. Calculate the block's acceleration.
    b. Calculate the toboggan's acceleration
    If the applied force is gradually reduced, at what value do the block
    and the toboggan have the same acceleration?

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    Solution Summary

    We solve a problem in classical mechanics involving the dynamics of a block on a toboggan, which sits on ice.