An object, previously at rest, slides #5 m# down a ramp, with an incline of #(3pi)/8 #, and then slides horizontally on the floor for another #2 m#. If the ramp and floor are made of the same material, what is the material's kinetic friction coefficient?
Start with a force diagram for the object both on the incline and on the straight section.
Considering the incline section, and applying Newton's 2nd Law of motion in the direction parallel to the incline, together with the definition of friction, we get :
Now using energy considerations along the flat section, application of the Work-Energy Theorem yields :
Now comparing equations 2 and 3 we observe that they are equal and hence
Since this value of
(Unless I made a mistake somewhere in my calculations - I request other contributors to please check for me).