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Please help! Finding minimum force !

  1. Mar 4, 2009 #1
    Please help! Finding minimum force!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    A small box of mass m_1 is sitting on a board of mass m_2 and length L (Intro 1 figure) . The board rests on a frictionless horizontal surface. The coefficient of static friction between the board and the box is mu_s. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the board and the box is, as usual, less than mu_s.


    2. Relevant equations

    acceleration of box = μs *g
    acceleration of board = ((F- gμs(m1)) / (m2)


    3. The attempt at a solution
    my solution was a= μs *g*m1
    but it was wrong
     
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  3. Mar 4, 2009 #2

    Delphi51

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    Re: Please help! Finding minimum force!!!!!!!!!!!

    What is the question?
     
  4. Mar 4, 2009 #3
    Re: Please help! Finding minimum force!!!!!!!!!!!

    Find , the constant force with the least magnitude that must be applied to the board in order to pull the board out from under the the box (which will then fall off of the opposite end of the board).
     
  5. Mar 5, 2009 #4

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    Re: Please help! Finding minimum force!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sketch. Show F = umg pulling the box forward and the board backward.
    For the box the sum of forces is umg = ma, a = ug is the maximum acceleration because umg is the maximum pulling force that can be applied to it. Here u is the static coefficient of friction. If the board accelerates the tiniest bit more than that, it will slip.
     
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