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Homework Help: Help please! simple Physics frictionless crate on ramp problem! Urgent?

  1. Sep 23, 2012 #1
    Help please! simple Physics frictionless crate on ramp problem! Urgent!?

    A crate of mass m = 100 kg is pushed at constant speed up a frictionless ramp (θ = 30.0°) by a horizontal force F. What are the magnitudes of (a) F and (b) the force on the crate from the ramp?

    So my teacher did this problem but I do not understand

    here's what he did:

    a) mg sin θ = 100(9.8)sin30 = 490 N (I understand this part)
    490 / cos30 = 566N <--Why divide by cos 30 to get the correct answer?!?

    b) N = mg cos θ + F sin θ
    100(9.8)cos30 + 566sin30 = 1131N <--I do not understand part b) at all. Can someone explain step by step on what we are doing on part b).

    help please!
     
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  3. Sep 23, 2012 #2
    Re: Help please! simple Physics frictionless crate on ramp problem! Urgent!?

    help i have a test tmrw!
     
  4. Sep 23, 2012 #3

    PhanthomJay

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    Re: Help please! simple Physics frictionless crate on ramp problem! Urgent!?

    Choose the x axis as the axis parallel to the plane and the y axis perpendicular to the plane. The applied force is horizontal and you can break it up onto its x and y components. Then use newton 1 in the x direction and newton 1 in the y direction.
     
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