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A rock starts from rest and slides down a hill. Find average friction force and mass.

SEE ATTACHMENT #1 for a diagram showing parameters.

A rock starts from rest then slides distance L= 5 m down a concave hill to a point which is h= 3 m below starting point.

During the slide, Q= 111 joules of heat are generated, and the final speed is V= 4.8 m/sec.

PART a. Find the average friction force.

PART b. Find the mass of the rock.


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