The Normal Force on an Inclined Plane

The Normal Force on an Inclined Plane - Vectors, Heading ):...

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The Normal Force on an Inclined Plane The normal force becomes more complex, however, in situations where forces are not perpendicular to the plane. Consider the case of a block resting on an inclined plane, or a ramp. I n this instance, the gravitational force on the block is not perpendicular to the plane. In order to calculate the normal force for this situation we must find the component of the gravitational force that is perpendicular to the plane. We do so by breaking down the force vector into two components (see
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Unformatted text preview: Vectors, Heading ): one parallel to the plane and one perpendicular to the plane. The normal force thus has equal magnitude and opposite direction of the component of the gravitational force that is perpendicular to the inclined plane. Using a free body diagram, all of these forces can be displayed, and the resultant motion can be predicted: Figure %: Free Body Diagram of an Inclined Plane...
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