# Don't try this with your parents' dishes

A cute party trick is to pull a tablecloth out from under a full place setting of dishes, glasses, etc. Consider a stack of plates on top of a tablecloth. If the coefficient of static friction between the plates and the tablecloth is $$0.3$$, what acceleration must you give the tablecloth so the plates start to slip? A demonstration of this trick by "Zanthor" is here.

Details and assumptions

• The acceleration due to gravity is $$9.8~\mbox{m/s}^2$$.
• You pull the tablecloth perfectly horizontally.
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