Finding Equilibrium: Solving a Force Problem

In summary, a box with a weight of 215 N rests on a ramp inclined at 30 degrees. The ramp exerts a frictional force of 27 N directed up the ramp. To maintain equilibrium, a force of 80.5 N must be applied at an angle of 40 degrees to the ramp. This can be found using the equation F = 215(cos40) = 164.7 N and F = 242(cos70) = 82.77 N. However, a single dot product is not sufficient to find the correct answer and a visual representation of the situation should also be considered.
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Homework Statement



A box with a weight of 215 N rests on a ramp. There is a frictional force of 27 N exerted on the box directed up the ramp. If the ramp is inclined at 30 degrees, what force must be applied at an angle of 40 degrees to the ramp to maintain equilibrium?

Textbook Answer: 80.5 N and 105 N

Homework Equations



u (dot) v = |u||v|cosx

The Attempt at a Solution



F = 215(cos30) = 186.2 N
F = 27(cos20) = 25.37 N
F = 215(cos40) = 164.7 N
F = 242(cos40) = 185.38 N
F = 242(cos70) = 82.77 N

None of them are right and I don't know how else to solve this problem.
 
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What reason do you have to think that the answer will be given by a single dot product? Draw a picture of the situation and think about it.
 

Related to Finding Equilibrium: Solving a Force Problem

1. What is equilibrium in a force problem?

Equilibrium in a force problem refers to a state where all forces acting on an object are balanced, resulting in no acceleration or movement of the object.

2. Why is it important to find equilibrium in a force problem?

Finding equilibrium in a force problem is important because it allows us to determine the forces acting on an object and predict its behavior. It also helps us understand the stability and safety of structures or systems.

3. How do you solve a force problem to find equilibrium?

To solve a force problem and find equilibrium, you need to first identify all the forces acting on the object and their directions. Then, use Newton's second law of motion (F=ma) to calculate the net force in each direction. If the net force is zero, the object is in equilibrium.

4. What happens if an object is not in equilibrium?

If an object is not in equilibrium, it will experience a net force and accelerate in the direction of that force. This can result in the object moving or changing its shape.

5. Can you have multiple equilibriums in a force problem?

Yes, it is possible to have multiple equilibriums in a force problem. This can occur when there are multiple forces acting on an object in different directions that cancel each other out, resulting in different stable positions or configurations of the object.

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