Inclined Plane

Inclined Plane

Weight component along the plane = Wsinθ.
Weight component perpendicular to the plane = Wcosθ.


A block of mass 2 kg is pulling along a plane by a 20N force as shown in diagram above. Given that the fiction between block and the plane is 2N, find the magnitude of the resultant force parallel to the plane.

First of all, let’s examine all the forces or component of forces acting along the plane.

The force pulling the block, F = 20N
The frictional force Ffric = 2N
The weight component along the plane
= 20sin30o = 10N

The resultant force along the plane
= 20 – 2 – 10 = 8N