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A block of mass M is held against a rough vertical wall by pressing it with a finger. If the coefficient of friction between the block and the wall is μ and the acceleration due to gravity is g, calculate the minimum force required to be applied by the finger to hold the block against the wall ?

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If F is the force of the finger on the book, F = N, the normal reaction of the wall on the book. The minimum upward frictional force needed to ensure that the book does not fall is Mg. The frictional force = mN. Thus, minimum value of F = Mg/μ .

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