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Homework Help: Friction problem involving a block and pulley on a ramp...

  1. Jun 1, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In the system, find minimum weight of the block 'B' to start the motion of the block 'A'
    up the plane.weight of block 'A' 10 KN. The angle of friction for the block and the incline,between the pulley and the string may be assumed as 15° (assume pulley is locked)
    2. Relevant equations
    Fr is the resistive force of friction.
    μ is the coefficient of friction for the two surfaces (Greek letter "mu")
    N is the normal or perpendicular force pushing the two objects together.
    μN is μ times N.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i don't know how to solve it:(
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  3. Jun 1, 2016 #2
    The problem requires the "minimum" condition, so your job is to make "A" move forwards. Try to analyse the forces on A. If the net force is not 0, then A will start to move.
  4. Jun 2, 2016 #3


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    Your diagram is not correct for this problem. Perhaps you copied it from a different one.
    It seems to show friction acting both up and down the plane. I assume it intends to show friction up the plane balancing the component of gravity down the plane, so Ffriction=m g sin(θ). But that is not the situation in this thread.
    Without friction, which way would the block move? So which way will the friction act?
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