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Homework Help: How much work done by friction? (coefficient given)

  1. Apr 21, 2009 #1
    Hello everyone,
    I've been working on this problem for the last hour and a half. My teacher has asked us to calculate the work done by friction on an inclined plane. This is the problem:
    A worker pushes a crate weighing W = 95 N up an inclined plane. The worker pushes the crate horizontally, parallel to the ground, as illustrated in Figure 10-21.
    (c) The coefficient of friction is µ = 0.20. How much work is done by friction? (Be careful with the signs you use.)

    How do I do this? We have not learned anything about coefficient of friction in my class.

    Thank you
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 21, 2009 #2
    I don't know why you continue in this thread, since I answered you in the other thread...

    Friction = coefficient of friction * Normal force

    So I would say, calculate the normal force, use the given coefficient of friction and there you have it. W=Fs, so multiply by s to find the work done by the force of friction.
  4. Apr 21, 2009 #3
    Hi Lothar,

    You first need to calculate the force exerted due to friction, the equation for this can be found here:


    Have you been supplied with a distance that the crate is pushed?
  5. Apr 21, 2009 #4
    @ ImAnEngineer
    I understand that that is the formula. I don't know how to use it though. And I moved this to a new topic because I new that people would back away from a long topic (my last one), and if they did click it, they would not spend the time reading all the way to my new question.

    @ astrorob
    No I was not supplied with a distance. I put all information known in the first post.
    I do have the amount of work done by friction though, as well as the amount of work done if a man pushes at a certain force.
  6. Apr 22, 2009 #5
    It's in the figure; 5m.

    How could you not understand how to use it? Just fill it in... Or do you not know how to find the normal force? In that case, how about drawing the resultant vector of F and W first?
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