I state here a problem from S.L.Loney : A plank of mass $M$ is initially at rest along a line of greatest slope of a smooth plane inclined at an angle $α$ to the horizon and a man of mass $M'$ starting from the upper end walks down the plank so that it does not move. To find the time taken by the man to reach the other end. Length of the plank is $a$.
My question is, if the plank doesn't move, what's the point of the problem? How is it any different from a simple kinematics problem? I know it is; just don't see why.