Problem: A body lays still on a sloping plane with slope angle alpha. How high does the friction coefficient need to be in order to allow for this equlibrium? Thoughts: I attempted solving this by basic trig. cos(a) = oposing/hypothenuse. So say the opposing is 1 unit, then the friction coefficient f_k needs to balance the vector acting in the direction of the hypotenuse downwards. So: cos(a) = 1/f_k f_k = 1/cos(a). However the answer is supposed to be f_k = tan(a). How come?