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2D Friction-Finding the Force of Friction without Mu

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2D Friction--Finding the Force of Friction without Mu

Homework Statement


A 1500kg car is parked on a 4-degree incline. The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2. Find the force of friction keeping the car from sliding down the incline.


Homework Equations


FW=mg
[Sigma]Fy=0, so Top=Bottom
"Friction is Fun:" fs=musFN
Since the degree of incline is 4 degrees, the angle with the "left" part of the x-axis on the free-body diagram and FW is 86 degrees.

The Attempt at a Solution


After drawing a free-body diagram, I calculated Fw=(1500)(9.8)=14700N
Next, I used Top=Bottom to calculate FN=14700sin(86)=14664.19154N
Third, fs=musFN. This is where I got stuck. How can I solve for the force of friction without mu?
 

Answers and Replies

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Simon Bridge
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In your free body diagram, you should have oriented your axis so the y points normal to the plane and x points along the plane.

In the +y direction, you have a normal force N and a component of the weight force W.
In the +x direction you have a friction force f and the other component of the weight force.

In each direction, write out all the forces in a row (some of them will be negative), put "+" signs between them and an "= ma" at the end. What is the acceleration?
Remember to write W just as W (you can put W=mg later if you need to) and friction just as f (you can put f=μsN later if you need to.)

This will give you two equations, and you have two unknowns. The unknowns are f and N.
But I think you'll find that the equation with f in it has no other unknowns so you can solve it right off.
 

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