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In which case the normal force will be greater if we consider two identical blocks, one resting on a flat surface, and the other resting on an incline?

Asked by Jkeslin, Last updated: Sep 16, 2021

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Answered Sep 16, 2017

Block on flat surface

For the flat surface, we know that N = W. For the incline, due to the angle of the incline, N < W. In fact, we can see that N = W cos(). Since Cos() can only be between 0 and 1 we know N must be less than W.
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