# Homework Help: Incline plane - Did I do this right?

1. Dec 13, 2004

### tony873004

This is just a question I made up because there'll probably be one like this on our final exam.

A 5 kg block is on an incline plane of 50 degrees. coeffecient of friction is 0.5. Will it slide?

N = mg cos(50)
N = 31.529
friction = mu * N
friction = 15.764

force down = ma

f =m g cos(50)
f = 31.529

force down > friction so it will slide.

2. Dec 13, 2004

### Pyrrhus

Actually the force making it slide it's the x component of gravity $mg \sin \theta$

and yes if $mg \sin \theta > \mu mg \cos \theta$ then it will slide.

3. Dec 13, 2004

### tony873004

Thank you...

4. Dec 13, 2004

### Pyrrhus

Why don't you try finding the coefficient of friction that will avoid the system from sliding or finding the angle it will not slide an a specific coefficient of friction? Those are some of the common problems asked.

5. Dec 13, 2004

### tony873004

if it slides when mg sin theta > mg cos theta, then when they equal that should be the minimum mu necessary to keep it from sliding.
mg sin theta = mu mg cos theta
mu = (mg sin theta) / (mg cos theta)

but this gives me an answer greater than 1.

6. Dec 13, 2004

### Pyrrhus

Because the inequality says [itex] \tan \theta > \mu [/tex] that's why you are getting a greater value.