# PhysicsMechanics- friction

#### Shah 72

##### Member
A gardener is pulling a wheelbarrow of mass 8kg from rest along rough horizontal ground. The coefficient of friction between the wheelbarrow and the ground is 0.6. The gardener provides a force of 50N at an angle of 30 degree above the horizontal as shown in the diagram.
a) Find the acceleration of the wheelbarrow
I got the ans for this a = 1.29m/s^2
b) what happens when the wheelbarrow had 20kg of soil in it and the gardener exerts the same force at the same angle?
I don't understand how to solve this.

#### Shah 72

##### Member
A gardener is pulling a wheelbarrow of mass 8kg from rest along rough horizontal ground. The coefficient of friction between the wheelbarrow and the ground is 0.6. The gardener provides a force of 50N at an angle of 30 degree above the horizontal as shown in the diagram.
a) Find the acceleration of the wheelbarrow
I got the ans for this a = 1.29m/s^2
b) what happens when the wheelbarrow had 20kg of soil in it and the gardener exerts the same force at the same angle?
I don't understand how to solve this.

#### skeeter

##### Well-known member
MHB Math Helper
mass of the wheelbarrow is now 8+20 = 28 kg

normal force increases $\implies$ friction force will increase

compare the updated friction force to the horizontal component of the applied 50N force

#### Shah 72

##### Member
mass of the wheelbarrow is now 8+20 = 28 kg

normal force increases $\implies$ friction force will increase

compare the updated friction force to the horizontal component of the applied 50N force
Thank you. So the new contact force =255N and friction is 153N. By using F=m×a, 50cos30-153=28a, I get a=-3.92m/s^2. So since the acceleration is negative the wheel barrow doesn't move. Is this reasoning correct?

#### skeeter

##### Well-known member
MHB Math Helper
There is no acceleration ... the horizontal component of the applied force is not great enough to overcome the maximum force of friction.

#### Shah 72

##### Member
There is no acceleration ... the horizontal component of the applied force is not great enough to overcome the maximum force of friction.
Thank you !