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The problem is to find the minimum coefficient of static friction between the ball and the wall so that the ball remains motionless.
torque = r*F
The Attempt at a Solution
I've divided the tension force into x and y components, Tsinθ and Tcosθ respectively. Therefore the normal force (the wall pushing against the ball) is N = Tsinθ. The friction force is = uN = u(Tsinθ).
So now, because the ball is motionless, the two torques must cancel each other out. So Torque from the tension T(t) = (radius)*T and torque from the friction force T(f) = radius*Friction force = radius* uTsinθ. This gives u = (1/sinθ)... but I'm really not sure... also, how do I minimize this u?
Thanks in advance for any help.