# An object with a mass of #8 kg# is on a plane with an incline of # - pi/8 #. If it takes #4 N# to start pushing the object down the plane and #3 N# to keep pushing it, what are the coefficients of static and kinetic friction?

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#### Answer:

**If angle of inclination is #(3pi)/8#:**

#mu_s = 2.55#

#mu_k = 2.51#

**See explanation regarding angle.**

#### Explanation:

We're asked to find the coefficient of static friction

We'll call the positive *up* the incline (the direction of

There is no net vertical force, so we'll look at the **horizontal** forces (we WILL use the normal force magnitude

We're given that the object's mass is

Since the angle is

#-(pi)/8# , this would be the angle goingdownthe incline (the topmost angle in the image above). Therefore, theactualangle ofinclinationis

#pi/2 - (pi)/8 = ul((3pi)/8#

The formula for the coefficient of static friction

#f_s <= mu_sn#

Since the object in this problem "breaks loose" and the static friction eventually gives way, this equation is simply

#color(green)(ul(f_s = mu_sn#

Since the two vertical quantities

#n = mgcostheta = (8color(white)(l)"kg")(9.81color(white)(l)"m/s"^2)cos((3pi)/8) = color(orange)(ul(30.0color(white)(l)"N"#

Since

#color(green)(f_s) = mgsintheta + 4# #"N"#

#= (14color(white)(l)"kg")(9.81color(white)(l)"m/s"^2)sin((3pi)/8) + 4color(white)(l)"N" = color(green)(76.5color(white)(l)"N"#

The coefficient of static friction is thus

#mu_s = (f_s)/n = (color(green)(76.5)cancel(color(green)("N")))/(color(orange)(30.0)cancel(color(orange)("N"))) = color(red)(ulbar(|stackrel(" ")(" "2.55" ")|#

The coefficient of kinetic friction

#color(purple)(ul(f_k = mu_kn#

It takes

#color(purple)(f_k) = mgsintheta + 3# #"N"#

#= 72.5color(white)(l)"N" + 3# #"N"# #= color(purple)(75.5color(white)(l)"N"#

The coefficient of kinetic friction is thus

#mu_k = (f_k)/n = (color(purple)(75.5)cancel(color(purple)("N")))/(color(orange)(30.0)cancel(color(orange)("N"))) = color(blue)(ulbar(|stackrel(" ")(" "2.51" ")|#

These values are quite high, which makes sense because the object remains in place even at a steep angle of