Block on free wedge on horizontal floor

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This article discusses a scenario/arrangement whose statics/dynamics/kinematics can be understood using the ideas of classical mechanics.
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The scenario here is a dry block (with a stable surface of contact) on one of the inclines of a free wedge that is placed on a fixed horizontal floor. The block is thus free to slide along the incline of the wedge and the wedge in turn is free to slide along the horizontal floor.

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We assume that the block undergoes no rotational motion, i.e., it does not roll or topple. Although the diagram here shows a block with a square cross section, this assumption is not necessary as long as we assume that the block undergoes no rotational motion.