A ladder that is 10ft long, weighs 30lbs, and has a 180 lb man standing 5ft up it, resting at 60 degrees on a wall
equilibrium, and torque
The Attempt at a Solution
180lbs cos60° * 2.5ft + 30lbs cos60° * 10ft = Fwall sin60° * 10ft (all trig functions used to find component of force that is perpendicular to the ladder)
and when I solve for Fwall i get ≈43.3lbs
then I would simply set the force of friction (or as he has in his problem, the person standing at the bottom of the ladder on a frictionless floor, god know how that works, lol) to that as they are the only horizontal forces, then the normal force from the ground would be the two weights added together. So Ffriction is also 43.3lbs and Fnormal is 210lbs.