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Homework Help: Calculate the Force of a Certain Push

  1. Jan 20, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A person exerts a force 25 degrees to the horizontal on a 5kg book resting against a vertical wall. If the coefficient of static friction is .76, what is the minimum force that the person must exert to keep the book from sliding down the wall.

    2. Relevant equations
    force of friction= coeffecient of static friction * normal force

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know the net force must be zero for the book to be at rest, so all the forces have to cancel each other out. Also, the force of gravity is 49N. I also know you need to resolve the force of the push into its x and y components since its at a 25 degree angle. normal force should be opposite the force of the push along the x-axis, and the force of gravity should be opposite the force of friction plus the force of the push in the y direction, but I don't seem to have enough information to find out many of these values.
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  3. Jan 20, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Darkstr958! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    (have a mu: µ and a degree: º :wink:)
    Call the force F.

    You have two equations, one with F cos25º, and one with F sin25º. You also have friction = µsN, so you have two unknowns (F and N) and two equations. :smile:
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