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Homework Help: Finding the Coefficient of friction on an incline plane

  1. Oct 11, 2011 #1
    I need to find the coeffcient of friction on an incline plane. I need the equation to find the coefficient for any givien angle. It part of a lab where I'm required to create the procedure and am stuck with how to create the equation. We can use a protractor or trigonomic functions to find the angle and the mass of the object can be found with a scale.
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  3. Oct 11, 2011 #2
    Show me the equation for the coefficient if you don't have an incline?
  4. Oct 11, 2011 #3
    Well, mu = tan(theta) is sometimes used. Depends though.
  5. Oct 11, 2011 #4
    thanks watermelon that was the equation i couldnt get too that equation because i didnt have the trig functions to get there.
  6. Oct 11, 2011 #5
    Maybe I don't understand what is going on, but it seems to me that mu = tan (theta) is just plain wrong.
  7. Oct 13, 2011 #6
    Assuming the only forces acting on the mass are gravity, the normal force, and friction, then it is true. SumF = mgsin(theta) - mu*mgcos(theta) = 0.
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