# Homework Help: Basic Force: Why to take force of friction from force applied y?

1. Oct 2, 2012

### Arooj

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A box of books weighing 319 N is shoved across the floor by a force of 485 N exerted downward at an angle of 35^degrees below the horizontal.

a) If uk between the box and the floor is 0.57, how long does it take to move the box 4.00 m, starting from rest.

b) If uk between the box and the floor is 0.75, how long does it take to move the box 4.00 m, starting from rest?

2. Relevant equations
Just for this problem: Ff = (FsinΘ+W)µ (F=485)
Fnet = FcosΘ - Ff

3. The attempt at a solution
I understand how to do this problem, but why is it that you take the force of friction from the y component of the force rather than the x component of the force?

2. Oct 2, 2012

### azizlwl

Ff=Nμ
Find the value of N.

3. Oct 2, 2012

### Arooj

N = FsinΘ + W
N = 485(sin35) + 319
N = 597.2

4. Oct 2, 2012

### azizlwl

The friction is depend on normal force which is in y direction.
The frictional force is perpendicular to normal force and it opposes the motion.