# What is the distance moved up the plane (friction problem)

1. Jun 3, 2009

### aps0324

A particle P of mass 3 kg is projected up the line of greatest slope of a plane inclined at an angle of 50° to the horizontal. The coefficient of friction between P and the plane is 0.5. The intiial speed of P is 9 m/s.

ii) Find the frictional force acting on P

ii) What distance moved up the plane by P until its velocity becomes zero.

2. Relevant equations

f = μ x N where N is the normal

N = m x g x cos(50)

3. The attempt at a solution

i)

N = m x g x cos(50) = 19.28 N

f = 0.5 x 19.28 = 9.64 N

ii) Here I do not know what to do. I thought I could take -5 m/s^2 as a deceleration by using :

f = μ x N

m x a = 0.5 x m x g

a = 5 m/s^2

and then using SUVAT equations but this is wrong since I do not get the answer shown in my book..

Thank you!

2. Jun 3, 2009

### tiny-tim

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3. Jun 3, 2009

### aps0324

I did think of that..but shouldn't friction still be taken into account? Because I did the following :

1/2 x m x v^2 = mgh

h = v^2 (2g) = 4.05 where v = 9 m/s and g = 10

and then in order to find the hypotenuse i used

Hypotenuse = 4.05 / sin(50)

But this gives me 5.28 m and the answer is 3.72 m

4. Jun 3, 2009

### tiny-tim

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