# Homework Help: Problem in mechanics

1. Aug 31, 2009

### chacha1234

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

1] A block of mass 'm' is attached with a massless spring of force constant 'k'. The block is placed over a rough inclined surface for which the coefficient of friction is 3/4. The minimum value of 'M' required to move the block up the place is ........

[A] 3mg/5 6mg/5 [C] 2mg [D] mg/5.
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/1318/72640151.jpg [Broken]

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*[Note: sin37 = 3/5, cos37 = 4/5, tan37 = 3/4].

* this note is NOT given in the problem.

please solve this for me.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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2. Aug 31, 2009

### Hootenanny

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No, we will not solve this for you, but we will help you solve it.

3. Aug 31, 2009

### chacha1234

From the figure . kx=T.
Forming the different equations, we have: Mg - T = Ma
Since the block just has to move up, i.e., it just has to start its motion, so we'll consider the acceleration to be zero.
So, now we have: Mg = T

Similarly, we'll get the other equation as
T - mg.Sin37 - (mu).mg.Cos37 = 0 , [mu = coefficient of friction=3/4]
T=Mg . the answer as: M = 6m/5
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1653/figurek.jpg [Broken]

but the answer given is : 3m/5.

this problem is given at four locations and all with the same answer: 3m/5

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4. Aug 31, 2009

### CFDFEAGURU

I see some fault with the FBD. The normal force on the sliding block is in the wrong direction and you are missing the downward gravitational force for the sliding block.

Thanks
Matt

5. Aug 31, 2009

### Hootenanny

Staff Emeritus
Your free body diagram looks fine to me, but I can't seem to get 3/5m as the answer. I've called in some of the other Homework Helpers for advice.

By the way, these:
are not correct.

6. Aug 31, 2009

### CFDFEAGURU

Ohh sorry, The arrow through me off. The normal force is in the correct direction. I show the arrow pointing at the bottom of the box, which is equivalent to what you have shown. It just didn't click.

Thanks
Matt

7. Aug 31, 2009

### Fightfish

Not very sure about this, but if you consider the block m alone, it is able to stay in equilibrium on the inclined surface purely due to friction.
Thus to instantaneously move it, we would just need to overcome the static friction opposing its motion up the plane, which is equal to 3mg/5.

8. Aug 31, 2009

### D H

Staff Emeritus
Can you give some references, please?

9. Aug 31, 2009

### dx

The answer 3m/5 is correct. Here's a hint: Assume the friction coefficient is infinite. Before the block of mass m starts to move, the spring will stretch. How much can the gravitational force on M stretch the spring before the reaction force of the spring on the block M becomes equal to the gravitational force and the system reaches equilibrium?

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10. Aug 31, 2009

### D H

Staff Emeritus
I disagree. There is no force doubling through the spring.

Edit
Everything else I said is wrong.

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11. Aug 31, 2009

### chacha1234

Thanks to all of u.
CFDFEAGURU: pls have a second look at the diagram.

Hootenanny:
These values are approx. values, else we cannot meet the answer in the options given therein.

Fightfish & dx: Can u pls post a diagram of what u said to explain the answer (3m/5)? bcoz the block is about to move up the incline (for minimum of M), so gravity componenet and friction both r in the downward direction.

D H:
one of my friends gave me this, source .... may be from mechanics of arihant, chapter could be: laws of motion including friction.

12. Aug 31, 2009

### D H

Staff Emeritus
Depending on the assumptions made regarding the initial state of the mass M we Homework Helpers (Hootenay talked about this in post #5) arrived at either 6/5 m or 3/5 m. A couple of questions to help clarify:

- Is the question stated in the original post exact, or did you leave some information out?
- Is the question from a section of the book on statics or dynamics?

13. Sep 1, 2009

### chacha1234

thanks all i finally find the solution

14. Sep 1, 2009

### Dweirdo

Ahm,
if M will be 3/5 m, it still won't be able to move m(friction won't let it move, although at that point its close to zero,and the moment it goes kinetic, boom...).
IMO.