General Physics General Physics Help Forum Oct 11th 2018, 09:15 AM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Oct 2018 Posts: 2 I need help calculating the frictional force to calculate the work done by friction. I have that the kinetic coefficient is .09 and I know delta x and i know for the problem the other part of the eq is cos(180).I also know mass is 215 kg. and acceleration is .131 So it is Wf= Ff*1.77*cos180 In the worked out solutions my professor but the Ff as 177 but I can't figure out how he got that. Thank you.   Oct 11th 2018, 11:12 AM #2 Physics Team   Join Date: Jun 2010 Location: Morristown, NJ USA Posts: 2,344 I get $F_f = \mu m g = 189 N$. Could it be that either (a) the mass is actually 200Kg, not 215 Kg, or (b) the mass is sliding on an incline, in which case the normal force would be $mg \cos \theta$ ?   Oct 11th 2018, 12:49 PM   #3
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 I get $F_f = \mu m g = 189 N$. Could it be that either (a) the mass is actually 200Kg, not 215 Kg, or (b) the mass is sliding on an incline, in which case the normal force would be $mg \cos \theta$ ?
Oh the mass is on an incline! I forgot to mention that. But how would that change my calculation? Its not asking about the normal force?   Oct 11th 2018, 01:11 PM #4 Physics Team   Join Date: Jun 2010 Location: Morristown, NJ USA Posts: 2,344 Friction force = coefficient of friction times the normal force. The normal force is the component of the force between the body and the sliding surface (i.e. its weight) that is perpendicular (normal) to the surface. Put it all together and you get: $F_f = \mu mg \cos \theta$ Hope this helps.  Tags calculating, force, frictional Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Similar Physics Forum Discussions Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post Mike83 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics 2 Oct 30th 2013 11:51 AM Garvil Kinematics and Dynamics 2 Feb 15th 2013 07:53 AM christina Kinematics and Dynamics 1 Nov 5th 2009 09:29 PM maiamorbific Kinematics and Dynamics 1 Oct 3rd 2009 11:32 PM natasha Kinematics and Dynamics 1 Aug 5th 2008 06:08 PM 