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 Jan 24th 2018, 01:48 PM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Mar 2013 Posts: 27 Newton's rules I found N1 as 16. I couldn't find N2. How will I find it? Attached Thumbnails
 Jan 24th 2018, 02:24 PM #2 Senior Member   Join Date: Apr 2015 Location: Somerset, England Posts: 747 Is box k in equilibrium? Can you draw a free body diagram for it? (Do you know what a free body diagram is? If not say so , it is something you need to know)
 Jan 24th 2018, 03:40 PM #3 Junior Member   Join Date: Mar 2013 Posts: 27 Many Thanks.I found the answer. What is a free body diagram?
 Jan 25th 2018, 07:17 AM #4 Member   Join Date: Oct 2017 Location: Glasgow Posts: 67 Your little diagram is like a free-body diagram (just an incomplete one). A free-body diagram is a schematic diagram with all of the objects in your system which are subject to or exerting forces with arrows indicating where the forces are applied and with what magnitude. You need to add to your diagram the weights of the boxes. They should be drawn as arrows coming from the centre of mass (usually just a middle point) of those objects and facing in the correct direction (in this, it will be down towards the ground). Then you can start considering each object and work out what the contact forces should be to preserve equilibrium. So... consider box L. There are three forces involving L: 1. The weight of the box (8 N downwards) 2. The pushing force on the top of the box (4 N downwards) 3. The contact force of K (? N upwards) So... if the box is stationary, we know that, because of Newton's first law, the net force must be zero. In other words, the upwards forces must balance the downwards forces. Can you now calculate the contact force? After you've calculated that, you can then do the same for box K. Remember that the weight of box L is applied to it and the floor is pushing up on the box as well as the box having its own weight. To double check your answers, you can do another calculation considering both boxes as a combined system (like one big box with a weight of 12 N) and the forces should still balance.
 Jan 25th 2018, 01:55 PM #5 Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 282 Since Kastomuno says he has solved this problem and probably won't be back here, here is how I would solve this: There is an object with weight 8 N sitting on the ground with an object with weight 4 N on top of it and then there is a force of 4 N pushing down on that. So there is a total of 16 N pressing on the ground and the ground will press back upward with 16 N. That is "N1". The total force on the 8 N object is 8 N, the weight of the top object plus the additional force. The 8 N object presses back up on the top object with force 8 N. That is "N2". The ratio is 16 N/8 N= 2.
 Jan 27th 2018, 02:10 PM #6 Junior Member   Join Date: Mar 2013 Posts: 27 I solved the problem. Many Thanks.
 Jan 27th 2018, 04:35 PM #7 Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 282 Hey, you're back! Thanks!
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 Originally Posted by kastamonu I found N1 as 16. I couldn't find N2. How will I find it?
Why does the subject line say Newton's rules? There's no such thing. You must mean Newton's laws. Careful here. Thete is quite a difference between a law and a rule.

 Feb 7th 2018, 06:31 AM #9 Senior Member   Join Date: Aug 2010 Posts: 282 How about "Newton's suggestions"?
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 Originally Posted by ConstantLearner Is the subject line about Newtons law or Newtons rule? It may be a crucial difference for task solution. You should specify this notion. If you are not sure, maybe you should ask for help. A good way to get a solution is to ask at https://studydaddy.com/physics-homework-help service. Then your task will be definitely solved.
There is something callef "Newton's rule" but that's a math thing, not physics. If you search newton's ruels with google it will nring up pages about newtons law. Laws are quite different than rules.

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