Inclined Plane Problem-- Solving for Theta

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Homework Statement


These two problems are inclined plane problems which I cannot figure out. The problems are attached in the image below.

Homework Equations


Fnet=ma

The Attempt at a Solution


I first broke down the gravity force into its x and y components. After that, I did this:
mgsinx-F(kinetic friction)=ma

and found the expression for normal force: N=mgcosx

then found the expression for F(kinetic friction): mgcosxµk

I tried plugging in the expression for kinetic friction:

mgsinx-mgcosx(µk)=ma

I wasn't able to find an answer using this method so now I have no clue how to proceed.
 

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Spinnor
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The important part of the question says (the print is too small for my eyes) the angle is adjusted so that the block has a constant speed of (can't read it) call it v.

Assume your equation is correct, what is the acceleration if the velocity is constant?
 
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Oh I see, I completely overlooked that-- I mistook the velocity for acceleration. I'll rework this with a=0 and see if I can figure it out. Thanks!
 

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