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Solving problems on Laws of Motion

Sir,in solving problems of laws of motion ,is it mandatory to take that direction as +ve in which acceleration acts?(i.e should i subtract other forces acting on a body from the forces that is acting towards the acceleration)

 

(Pranay Talukdar asks)

Answer: In general, we take the forces in the direction of acceleration (I.E, ENHANCING THE ACCELERATION) and the forces against the acceleration as negative.

The first step in solving such problems is to draw a free body diagram and represent all active forces and reactions to constraints in vector form with proper direction ad label. This will highly simplify the problem.

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