We can visualize our problem with the block added in the diagram below:
μs is the coefficient of static friction.
N is the normal force from the wall on the meterstick.
Fs is the static friction from the wall on the meterstick.
w is the weight of the meter stick at the center of gravity.
w1 is the weight of the block.
T is the tension from the cord on the meter stick.
l is the length of the meter stick.
x is the distance from the wall to the position of the block on the meter stick.
When no mass is hung on the meter stick, w1 = 0
The equilibrium condition is given by:
Let's consider the net torque at point C,
One end of a uniform meter stick is placed against a vertical wall.
The other end is held by a lightweight cord that makes an angle θ with the stick. The coefficient of static friction between the end of the meter stick and the wall is 0.38.
Part A. What is the maximum value the angle θ can have if the stick is to remain in equilibrium?
Part B. Let the angle between the cord and the stick is θ = 15°. A block of the same weight as the meter stick is suspended from the stick, as shown,
at a distance x from the wall. What is the minimum value of x for which the stick will remain in equilibrium?
Part C. When θ = 15°, how large must the coefficient of static friction be so that the block can be attached 13 cm from the left end of the stick without causing it to slip?
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