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Homework Help: Static friction on an incline

  1. Jan 28, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 2 kg block rests on an inclined plane with an angle of 30. A force of 5 N is applied to the block in a direction down the incline plane until the block begins to move when the force reaches 7.3 N, what is the approximate coefficient of static friction between the block and the plane?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I made a FBD, labeled normal, weight (and its x and y components), the Ff, and the Fapplied. I made a force table to lay out all the knowns:

    Fn Weight Fapplied Ff
    nx=0 W=mg FAX=-7.3N Ff=μn
    ny=+n Wx=-10N FAY=0N Ffx=μn
    Wyy=-17.3N Ffy=0N

    ΣFx=max ΣFy=may
    0-10-7.3+μn = 2ax n-17.3 = 2(0)
    -17.3 + μsn = 2ax n = 17.3 N

    In ΣFx, I have 2 unknowns. How to solve for μs?
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  3. Jan 28, 2015 #2


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    It says "begins to move", so you want to set a = 0 (F < 7.3 has a = 0, so F = 7.29999999999999999999999999999999999 has a = 0 -- see what I mean ?) :)
  4. Jan 28, 2015 #3
    The friction co-efficient could be defined as:

    The force required to break the inertia
    divided by
    the force due to gravity normal to the incline surface
  5. Jan 28, 2015 #4


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    It would be better described as stasis, not inertia.
    It's not specifically to do with gravitational normal force, the source of the normal force does not matter.
  6. Jan 28, 2015 #5
    OK thanks
  7. Jan 28, 2015 #6
    Why are you considering acceleration? They have given you the limiting condition. Like BvU said, for 7.29999999999999, the acceleration is 0. So for all practical purposes, what assumption do you think you can make?
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