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Friction problem of a 6kg block

  1. Sep 24, 2011 #1
    A 6 kg block rests on a horizontal table, attached to a 5 kg block by a light string as
    shown in the figure.
    The acceleration of gravity is 9.81 m/s2 .

    A) What is the minimum coefficient of static
    friction such that the objects remain at rest?

    I already got part A which is 0.833, but need help on B

    B) If the coefficient of static friction is less than
    that found above, and if the coefficient of
    kinetic friction between the block and the
    table is 0.2, find the time it takes for the 5 kg
    mass to fall 9 m to the floor if the system
    starts from rest.
    Answer in units of s
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  3. Sep 24, 2011 #2


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    In order to calculate the time taken to fall to the floor, you need the acceleration.

    In order to find the acceleration of the 11 kg combination, you need the net force.

    The net force will be the sum of the friction on the 6kg mass, and the weight of the 5 kg mass. Add those two as vectors, as one is promoting motion while the other is trying to stop it.
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