Problem 13.1: Calculate the angle for a box on an inclined plane to tip

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A box of uniformly distributed mass sits in equilibrium on a ramp as shown in the animation (position is given in meters). Restart.

  1. Suppose you wish to increase the angle of the ramp. What is the maximum angle of the ramp so that the box does not tip?
  2. What is the minimum coefficient of static friction between the box and ramp in order for the box to not slide when the ramp is at the angle measured in part (a)?

Problem authored by Aaron Titus.

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