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Homework Help: Block sliding on vertical wall

  1. Oct 17, 2004 #1
    Can someone please help me with this problem? I've tried a few different things but none of them worked...
    The weight of the block in the drawing is 99.0 N. The coefficient of static friction between the block and the vertical wall is 0.510.
    (a) What minimum force F is required to prevent the block from sliding down the wall? (Hint: The static frictional force exerted on the block is directed upward, parallel to the wall.)
    __________ N
    (b) What minimum force is required to start the block moving up the wall? (Hint: The static frictional force is now directed down the wall.)
    __________ N

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  3. Oct 17, 2004 #2


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    For the first one, you'll need to use geometry to break the force into components - one horizontal, one vertical. Write an equation for the friction force using the horizontal force, add the vertical force, and set it equal to the weight of the block. Then solve for the force.

    The second one is similar, but you'll need to rearrange the equation a little...
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