Statics Problem 3


A 1.5-kg block receives a  push and in the process pushes against a 4.5-kg block as shown in animation 1: Start Animation 1 (position is in meters and time is in seconds). Conversely, in animation 2, the same 4.5-kg block receives the same push, now from the opposite direction and in the process pushes against the 1.5-kg block as shown: Start Animation 2


Determine the force of the large block on the small block in both cases. Do you expect both forces to have the  same magnitude?

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