Friction Forces, find the coefficient of kinetic friction

  • #1
Hello,

I am stuck on this question, I don't understand what to do. Any help would be great! I know that I have to use Newton's Second Law in the x and y directions.

Greezy is pushing a very large crate of 50 kg across the floor at a constant velocity with a force of 200N. He is pushing on the crate upwards at an angle of 20 degrees.

What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the ground and the create?

I don't understand what to do with that angle that is upwards?

Thanks again!
 

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  • #2
berkeman
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Hello,

I am stuck on this question, I don't understand what to do. Any help would be great! I know that I have to use Newton's Second Law in the x and y directions.

Greezy is pushing a very large crate of 50 kg across the floor at a constant velocity with a force of 200N. He is pushing on the crate upwards at an angle of 20 degrees.

What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the ground and the create?

I don't understand what to do with that angle that is upwards?

Thanks again!

On problems like this, you should usually start by drawing a free body diagram (FBD), showing the forces on the object. Then what do you do with the sum of the forces in each dimension (hint: F=ma)...?
 
  • #3
Thank you.
 
  • #4
You're solving for mu_k.

In order to do that you should know what Friction Force is equal to. Plug that in and solve!
 

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