The solution to the basic problem of a

block sliding down an incline plane. The problem

asks for the coeficient of friction needed to

stop the motion. A comparison of logical problem

solving and inverted
problem solving is made.

SureMath

the math software for
21st century problem
solving

was used to solve this problem.

For a kinematic solution of this problem see the previous

problem. Both the energy based solution and the kinematic

solution are a necessary part of learning to use

and understand
physics.

For a valuable discussion of problem

solving see *Problem-Solving Strategies in Physics*

by Dave
Van Domelen, 1996.

The problem solved on this page was adapted from

the thesis.The thesis includes a context-rich

version of this problem.

Please comment. Comments are appreciated and

contribute very much to developing

the problem solutions.

The problem solution was developed by

Howard C. McAllister

using
SureMath.