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    Problem in Newtonian Mechanics

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    The surfaces between a 6 kg block, the 24 kg wedge and between the 24 kg wedge and the horizontal plane are smooth (without fric-tion).
    The acceleration of gravity is 9.8 m/s2 .
    A block is released on the inclined plane (top side of the wedge).

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    Since the small block is not sliding up or down the wedge, we know that the z-component of the total force acting on it is zero, i.e.

    N_b cos theta - m_b g = 0,

    where N_b is the normal force acting on the block, theta = 34 deg is the incline ...

    Solution Summary

    We solve a problem in Newtonian mechanics involving a block and a wedge.