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Homework Help: Inclined Plane Problem

  1. Sep 17, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A bob suspended from a frame settles into a steady position relative to the frame as the frame slides down an inclined plane. What angle does the bob make with the during the slide?

    Here is the illustration from the book:
    http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/9803/plumbbobfs4.jpg [Broken]

    2. Relevant equations

    Unknown. F=ma?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I don't really have any idea how to start this problem. I thought the first step would be to calculate that the acceleration of the frame = g*sin(theta), but I don't really know where to go from there. Any ideas?
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  3. Sep 17, 2008 #2
    I left a word out in my original post. It should have said, "What angle does the bob make with the VERTICAL during the slide?"

    Also, I found out that the solution is phi = theta, if that would help with working backwards.
  4. Sep 17, 2008 #3


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    What is the acceleration of the "frame" in which the bob hangs?

    As you noted it is M*g*Sinθ for the force so acceleration of the frame must be g*Sinθ .

    Now what force is acting on the bob? There is the vertical force m*g acting straight down. What other acceleration is the bob subjected to?
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