Can you help?

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I'm an avid Geo Cacher (for more info on it visit www.geocaching.com) and I'm trying to solve a problem to find a geo cache. Can anyone help me with it?

A Happy Buddha stops to take a rest while ascending an incline.
As he rests on the incline, the coefficient of static friction (mu) is .70021, which is very near the actual coefficient of friction for rubber shoes on rough wood. The friction force holding him in place is 624 Newton’s. He is just on the verge of slipping down the incline. In fact, if the angle of the incline were just slightly higher, or if the coefficient of friction were slightly less, he would begin to slip. The angle of this incline is AB degrees. The Buddha's weight is XYZ kilograms.
AB =
XYZ =
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Would it not be cheating if we were to give you the answer?
 
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If I knew where to begin I would not be asking for help here. I don't consider this cheating as I know nothing about how to solve this or where to even begin. I have searched the web trying to find an equation to solve it and I have come up empty.
 
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Start with a freebody diagram of the problem.
 
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Your speaking a Greek to me on that one.
 
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If you can't do the freebody diagram, there's really no point in us going further with the 'help'. We'd have to give you the answer.

The steps would be to draw a FBD showing all forces, once you've got that you can resolve for the angle AB and the weight XYZ.

Sorry to be blunt but we're not supposed to give answers to homework/textbook questions.
 
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Give me an equation that I can work with.
And this isn't a homework/textbook question as I've been out of school for 30+ years and all my kids are grown and out of the house.
 
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Give me an equation that I can work with.
There isn't "an equation". You have to follow the steps above.
And this isn't a homework/textbook question as I've been out of school for 30+ years and all my kids are grown and out of the house.
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https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=414380

Technically I'm violating the rules by trying to give assistance first.

Start with a freebody diagram: http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu/211_fall2004.web.dir/Jeff_Levison/Freebody diagram.htm
 

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