Homework Help: How are these derived?

1. Jun 25, 2013

catzmeow

I'm utterly lost on this and would appreciate any help!

And efficiency = 1/(1+mu_k*cot(theta))

These are for an inclined plane and theta is not specified, I'm just supposed to show how those equations were derived.
Thanks!

2. Jun 25, 2013

barryj

You might start by drawing an incline plane at an angle of theta with a mass on it, call it m as it doesn't matter in the end. Then draw the forces required to push the mass up the ramp. Compare this with the force required to raise the mass straight up. This should be the mechanical advantage.

3. Jun 25, 2013

catzmeow

Thanks barryj! I did that and now I have MA= (Mgsin(theta))/(input force-mgcos(theta)....

Is this close(er)?

4. Jun 25, 2013

catzmeow

Oops I meant all that I have equal to mu_k

5. Jun 25, 2013

barryj

Well, I think the MA = force required to lift the mass with no incline divided by the force required to push the mass up the incline. So, the force required to lift the mass with no incline would be mg, now you figure out the force required to push the mass up the incline and do the division.

6. Jun 26, 2013

catzmeow

Oh ok- that makes since. Thanks Barryj!