A toy freight train consists of an engine and three identical cars. The train is moving to the right at constant speed along a straight, level track. Three spring scales are used to connect the cars as follows: spring scale A is located between the engine and the first car; scale B is between the first and second cars; scale C is between the second and third cars. (a) If air resistance and friction are negligible, what are the relative readings on the three spring scales A, B, and C?
(b) Repeat part (a), taking air resistance and friction into consideration this time.
(c) If air resistance and friction together cause a force of magnitude 5.5 N on each car, directed toward the left, find the readings of scales A, B, and C.

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