Problem 27P

A Federation starship (2.0 × 106 kg) uses its tractor beam to pull a shuttlecraft (2.0 × 104 kg) aboard from a distance of 10 km away. The tractor beam exerts a constant force of 4.0 × 104 N on the shuttlecraft. Both spacecraft are initially at rest. How far does the starship move as it pulls the shuttlecraft aboard?

Solution 27 P:

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Here we have to find the distance covered by the starship.

The mass of the starship is,

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The mass of the shuttlecraft is,

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The distance between them is 10 km.

The tractor beam of the starship applies a force of,

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