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Homework Help: Plum bob, Sliding box

  1. Sep 23, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A plum bob suspended from a frame settles to a steady position as the frame slides down a frictionless inclined plane. What is the angle the plumb bob makes with the vertical during the slide?
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    2. Relevant equations
    The problem is from a section introducing Newton's Laws. I assume this problem is about inertia.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Utterly no idea how to go about this, although I assume the answer is alpha=theta since that's the clean way the answer could come out.
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  3. Sep 24, 2008 #2
    I figured it out. Set T to Fg and the T and m cancel out, leaving tan(theta)=tan(alpha)
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