(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

For general values of m, M, theta, mu (coefficient of static fric) find the minimum force you need to apply to the wedge so that it just begins moving up the slope.

Picture

(little m represents mass on wedge, M is mass of wedge.)

http://ompldr.org/vYmxraA

2. Relevant equations

I know the idea is to use the forces on the small block to find its acceleration then multiply this by the mass of the wedge and the mass of the block (I do, infact have the solution, I just don't understand it) but I am having trouble understanding how the force applied to the wedge causes the block to move upward, according to the given force diagram (below) none of the forces (normal, gravity, friction) have components in the upward direction of the slope. If anyone could explain this to me I would greatly appreciate it.

http://ompldr.org/vYmxrYg

3. The attempt at a solution

See above.

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# Homework Help: Moving wedge, conceptual problem

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