# HELP Tension/Friction Question

A block of mass M resting on a 19.1° slope is shown. The block has coefficients of friction μs=0.788 and μk=0.482 with the surface. It is connected via a massless string over a massless, frictionless pulley to a hanging block of mass 1.86 kg. What is the minimum mass M1 that will stick and not slip?

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In terms of mass 1, following eqn can be written:

m1g sin 19.1 - T - Ff = 0

which can be rewritten as:

m1g sin 19.1 - T - m1g cos 19.1 (friction coefficient) = 0
right? since the object is at rest.
then i found T by equating it to m2g (T = m2g...see the diagram as to why i have donet this)

Hence m1g sin 19.1 - m2g - m1g cos 19.1 (0.788) = 0
and then solved for m1....but im not getting the right answer
I dont understand why my approach is wrong...where did i go wrong here?

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m1g sin 19.1 - T - Ff = 0
Apparently, you mess up the sign in Ff. When you are pulling the mass 1 uphill with tension T, the friction force shall point to the opposite to T.