# Net force on wedge and block

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## Homework Statement

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For the situation shown in the diagram, the block of mass m remains in place on the sloping front of the accelerating wedge, even though that sloping front is frictionless. Given these values, M = 20.0 kg, m = 4.00 kg, and theta= 34.0, calculate the net force acting on the wedge plus block (M+m) system. ## Homework Equations

Newton's second law of motion

## The Attempt at a Solution

At first, I tried turning the frame of reference so my normal force for the block was on the y-axis on my free body diagram. However, when I was looking at it more, I was confused on what I was actually trying to find with the wedge.

## Homework Statement

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For the situation shown in the diagram, the block of mass m remains in place on the sloping front of the accelerating wedge, even though that sloping front is frictionless. Given these values, M = 20.0 kg, m = 4.00 kg, and theta= 34.0, calculate the net force acting on the wedge plus block (M+m) system.

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## Homework Equations

Newton's second law of motion

## The Attempt at a Solution

At first, I tried turning the frame of reference so my normal force for the block was on the y-axis on my free body diagram. However, when I was looking at it more, I was confused on what I was actually trying to find with the wedge.
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