(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A mop is being used to clean a floor. The coefficient of friction between the mop and floor is 0.3. Find the angle between the handle and the horizontal when the mop head is moving at constant velocity.

2. Relevant equations

The coefficient of friction = Friction/ Normal Force

Pythagoras Theorem

3. The attempt at a solution

I figured, the main force would be gravity at 9.8 as mass is negligible. I also tried to get the components of the force. If the downward force was 9.8m/s, the horizontal would be 0.3*9.8 - 2.94 (?). The normal force would also be 9.8, as there is not vertical acceleration or velocity.

I thought could you say perhaps, 2.94/9.8 and the inverse sine of this? It does give the right answer but it feels like the working is incorrect..

Please help, any pointers would be appreciated.

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# Finding the angle when given the coefficient of friction

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