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Problem: Two bicycle tires are set rolling with the same initial speed of 3.80 m/s along a long, straight road, and the distance each travels before its speed is reduced by half is measured. One tire is inflated to a pressure of 40 psi and goes 18.6m ; the other is at 105 psi and goes 92.6m . Assume that the net horizontal force is due to rolling friction only.What is the coefficient of rolling friction (μk) for the tire under low pressure?

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Uniform accelerated motion (UAM) equations, a.k.a. "kinematics equations":

 vf = v0 +atx= (vf+v02)tx= v0t+12at2 vf2= v02 +2ax

Kinetic friction:

fk=μkN=μkmg

Newton's second law:

ΣF=ma

For the tire at low pressure:

  • a = ?
  • Δx = 18.6 m
  • v0 = 3.80 m/s
  • vf = 3.80/2 = 1.90 m/s
  • Δt = ?

vf2 = v02 + 2aΔx

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Two bicycle tires are set rolling with the same initial speed of 3.80 m/s along a long, straight road, and the distance each travels before its speed is reduced by half is measured. One tire is inflated to a pressure of 40 psi and goes 18.6m ; the other is at 105 psi and goes 92.6m . Assume that the net horizontal force is due to rolling friction only.

What is the coefficient of rolling friction (μk) for the tire under low pressure?

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