1J30.10 - Resolution of Forces on an Inclined Plane

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Resolution of Forces on an Inclined Plane
Vector Addition of Forces
Area of Study:
Inclined Plane, friction block, mass sets, and pulleys.

Set the block on the inclined plane.  Attach the strings over the pulleys and set the pulleys to the proper angle.  Attach the weights until the block barely touches the incline plane.  When ready to show the demo remove the incline plane and block should stay in position.

This demo is easy to do if you set the incline at a 30 degree angle.  Then you basically have a 3:4:5 triangle, and the balancing forces are easy to calculate.  For instance, if you use a 1500g block, the perpendicular force would be 1200g, and the parallel force would be 900g.

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