# Homework Help: Physics lab; deriving for μs and μk

1. Oct 30, 2012

### Tuccimane

1. Physics Lab :
The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

design, run and report an experiment to calculate A) μs B) μk between a flat bottomed object and a flat surface ( include a section called "theory" in which you formally derive an expression for μs and μk )

im basically just having troubles deriving , i measured the angle in which my object has started to slide and its about 10 degrees

2. relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
μs :

Fun x = Sum x
0 N = Fg x + Ffs
0 N = mgcos(theta) -μsFN
0 N = mgcos(theta) - μs(mgsin(theta))
mgcos(theta)= μs(mgsin(theta))
mgcos(theta) / mgsin(theta) = μs
μs= cot(theta)

im pretty sure im supposed to get μs= tan theta, any clue what i did wrong S:

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2. Oct 31, 2012

### Basic_Physics

Fgx is the sin theta component and FN the cosine component of Fg if theta is the angle that the flat surface makes with the floor.

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