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Static equilibrium

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Homework Statement



A 15.5 m uniform ladder weighing 500 N rests against a frictionless wall. The ladder makes a 56.0° angle with the horizontal.

(a) Find the horizontal and vertical forces the ground exerts on the base of the ladder when an 810 N firefighter is 4.10 m from the bottom.

Magnitude of the horizontal force


Magnitude of the vertical force


(b) If the ladder is just on the verge of slipping when the firefighter is 9.20 m up, what is the coefficient of static friction between ladder and ground?

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I have no idea how to do this /:
All I know is that the sum of the forces in the x and y direction has to equal 0.
Other than that...

The Attempt at a Solution

 

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All I know is that the sum of the forces in the x and y direction has to equal 0.
Good--that describes translational equilibrium. What's the condition for rotational equilibrium?
 

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