# What net force is required to accelerate a car at a rate of 3 m/s^2 if the car has a mass of 2890 kg

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gsenviro | Certified Educator

Force is given as a product of mass and acceleration and is given by Newton's second law of motion as:

F = m x a

where, F is the force, m is the mass and a is the acceleration.

In this case, mass of the car is 2890 kg and the required acceleration is 3 m/s^2.

Hence the force required to produce this acceleration is:

F = m x a = 2890 x 3 = 8670 kg m/s^2 or **8670 N** or **8.67 kN**.

Hope this helps.