# Force on a Box - Find Weight

erok81

## Homework Statement

You push down on a box at an angle 15° below the horizontal with a force of 650 N. If the box is on a horizontal surface and the coefficient of static friction is 0.7, what is the heaviest box you will be able to move?

F=ma

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I've solved this problem using Fnet which was 650cos15 for the horizontal force and then subtracted $$(\mu_s)(9.80)(m)$$ The ma part goes to zero since it's not accelerating.

Therefore I get $$650cos15 = (\mu)(9.80)(m)$$ and then solve for m.

I thought that was it. But now that I thinking about it more, there is a vertical component for the force. I'd imagine that extra force would make the box seem to weigh more, thereby increasing friction, making the box weigh less.

Do I factor that vertical force in? If so, how?

erok81
Ah! Maybe like this?

$$650cos15 = [((\mu)(9.80)(m))+(650sin15)$$

All I did here was add in the vertical force component to the friction.

Yeah...that isn't right since my box ends up weighing 2kg.

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Interceptor_1
Your above equation is correct.Though you will multiply the coefficient of friction to both the weight as well as 650sin15

erok81
Nice.

So something like this?

$$650cos15 = [((\mu)(9.80)(m))+((\mu)(650sin15))]$$

Interceptor_1
Yeah,that's correct.

erok81
Thanks for the help! 