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    1. The tension at which a fishing line snaps is commonly called the line's "strength." What minimum strength is needed for a line that is to stop a salmon of weight 85 N in 8.0 cm if the fish is initially drifting at 2.5 m/s? Assume a constant deceleration.

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    Weight of the salmon=w= 85 N
    Acceleration due to gravity g= 9.81 m/s^2
    Mass of the salmon=w/g= 8.66 Kg =85/9.81

    v1= 2.5 m/s
    v2= 0 m/s
    x=distance travelled= 8 cm= 0.08 m

    v^2=v1^2+2ax, assuming constant ...

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    The solution calculates the minimum strength is needed for a line that is to stop a salmon.

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