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A woman attempts to push a box of books that has mass up a ramp inclined at an angle (alpha) above the horizontal. The coefficients of friction between the ramp and the box are (mu_k) and (mu_s). The force F applied by the woman is horizontal.

If (mu_s) is greater than some critical value, the woman cannot start the box moving up the ramp no matter how hard she pushes. Calculate this critical value of (mu_s).

I know that the maximum value of mu_s is f_mu/N. So, using F(y) = ma(y), I got: N - F*Gcos(alpha) - F*Gsin(alpha) = 0. Therefore, making N = F*Gcos(alpha) + F*Gsin(alpha). That's it. I don't know what to do next. Any ideas?

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# Homework Help: Static Friction Problem

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