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Homework Help: A block of mass 100 kg is being moved steadily by pulling on a rope at

  1. Oct 20, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    a block of mass 100 kg is being moved steadily by pulling on a rope attached to the block making an angle of 30 degree with the horizontal. if the tension of the rope is 120 N, what is the coefficient of friction?
    2. Relevant equations
    T- Ff = ma
    F= μR

    3. The attempt at a solution
    R= mg cos x = 850 N
    mg sin x = 490 N
    a = 0, F= Ff
    Ff = 120 N
    F= μR
    120= μ(850)
    μ= 0.141
    * ( answer given μ= 0.113. where is my mistake?)
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  3. Oct 20, 2011 #2


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    Re: force

    Not sure how/why you are doing any of those calculations. It always helps to say what you are about to do, then show the calculation.

    Like for example:
    Calculating force of gravity on the block : 100 x 9.8 = 980 N

    Calculating vertical component of Tension: 120 x sin(30) = 60N

    and what ever else you think is appropriate.

    You then connect what you are calculating to give the answer you are after. A diagram can help.
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