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Problem: A horizontal wire holds a solid uniform ball of mass m in place on a tilted ramp that rises 35.0° above the horizontal. The surface of this ramp is perfectly smooth, and the wire is directed away from the center of the ball.(a) Draw a free-body diagram for the ball.(b) How hard does the surface of the ramp push on the ball?(c) What is the tension in the wire?

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A horizontal wire holds a solid uniform ball of mass m in place on a tilted ramp that rises 35.0° above the horizontal. The surface of this ramp is perfectly smooth, and the wire is directed away from the center of the ball.
(a) Draw a free-body diagram for the ball.
(b) How hard does the surface of the ramp push on the ball?
(c) What is the tension in the wire?

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