The resistance a surface or object encounters when moving over another.

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Friction Force and Applied Force for Acceleration [on hold]

A person needs to move a 565 N object. The coefficient of static friction for the surface it's sitting on is 0.63. How much force is required to accelerate the object at an initial rate of 0.4 m/s2? ...
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6 wheels more efficient than 4 wheels?

Which would be easier to push in a straight line, a flat cart with 4 wheels or the same cart (and same load) with the same size wheels, but has six wheels? and why? Thanks
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How to model a very simple spinning wheel

First off, I'm not a physics person, just a lowly software engineer with below average math skills. What I've written is a simple animation of a spinning wheel using C++/GTK/Cairo. It allows the user ...
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Space elevator: a Earth rotation brake model

I read this article regarding the space elevator. A very long carbon nanotubes string, running from the Earth surface into the vacuum of the space. Tension and friction, an enormous quantity of ...
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A box up an inclined ramp with a coefficient of friction [on hold]

A 6.25 horsepower motor to pull the boxes a distance of 8.35 meters up a ramp inclined at an angle of 36.2º with respect to horizontal. The boxes have a coefficient of kinetic friction of 0.381 as ...
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Does a tire need to slip to generate force?

Recently, I have been doing some research on racing and tire modelling. While I was doing this, I encountered many curves like those shown below. While I understand the need of slip angles to ...
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Dynamics question (need to find acceleration and tension) [closed]

I can't solve this kind of questions. Can someone explain the solution in an understandable way? direct link to image: http://oi57.tinypic.com/2epspw4.jpg UPDATE: I say that I don't know how to ...
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What could be the applications of Damped Oscillation? [closed]

I've been researching on Damped Oscillation for a few days for a research paper, however I couldn't find any of its applications on the web, though there are few examples of it, but they couldn't be ...
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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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Why does friction play the role of centripetal force during the turning of a car?

What makes frictional force the centripetal force of a car turning along a curve? As friction is the opposing force and acts anti-parallel so there is no component of frictional force towards the ...
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If mass is added to a toy car does it affect its speed making it faster

If mass is added to a toy car (29.7g) and dropped down a wooden ramp would it affect its speed making it go faster? I know friction comes in to play to, so if you could give me an answer or an ...
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Twisting a tightly fitting rod

Consider the task of extracting a cylindrical rod held by friction in a tightly fitting shaft. Instinctively one would tend to twist the rod around its axis while pulling. The question is, what is ...
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Effect of steering a car at high speed

I take it the angle of the steering wheel in a car is roughly proportional to the curvature, and therefore inversely proportional to the turning radius. When I am driving slowly and want to turn the ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the linear coefficient in this ODE for projectile motion?

For the second order ODE governing the position of a projectile subject to air resistance $$ m\frac{d^2x}{dt^2} +k\frac{dx}{dt}+mg=0 \quad k>0, \> x(0)=0, \> x'(0)=V>0 $$ a ...
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How can we minimize the coefficient of static/kinetic friction?

Static frictional force depends on the coefficient of static friction; kinetic frictional force depends on the coefficient of kinetic friction. To minimize friction, one of two things could happen: ...
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How to calculate heat generated from cosmic dust in space? [duplicate]

Say I have a spaceship, and I'm flying it through space at a constant high velocity V. The spaceship is pretty large (big surface area). In space however, there is cosmic dust scattered throughout ...
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Finding equation for acceleration using mass1, mass2, gravity, theta, and Mu [closed]

So, the only question I could not solve in this chapter for AP Physics, and I really want to understand it. We have a situation like this: There is a box sitting on an incline. We are trying to ...
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Distinction between torque and force

Distinction between Torque and Force. Consider a case when a cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane. While analysing its motion, we consider the force applied by the friction and the ...
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Everyday Low-Energy Atom Collider

During the shearing of metal in a machining process, what exactly is the source of the heat that is produced? I realize that the energy is coming from the work being done by the cutting tool. I am ...
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Accelerated wedge [closed]

Consider the following figure, where a mass $m$ is placed on a wedge which is accelerated to the right ($\vec a$) which could be negative. The coefficient of friction between the mass and the wedge ...
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Direction of friction force between two boxes

There are two boxes on top of each other. The bottom box is dragged right by a constant force. What is the direction of friction of the top box against the bottom box?
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Nails and Screws without Friction

In my physics class we're just starting the chapter on friction, and our book began the chapter by describing what a world without friction would be like. Among other examples, it said "nails and ...
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Why do computers generate heat?

Computers generate heat when they work. Is it a result of information processing or friction (resistance)? Are these just different ways to describe the same thing? Or does some definite part of the ...
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The forces acting on 2 boxes [closed]

Consider the following figure: The surface is not friction-less. When the force $F$ is applied on mass A: Is the force the mass A applies on mass B larger, smaller or equal then the Force that B ...
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How torque and friction cause wheel to roll

I apologize if this question has been answered before, but I did not find the explanation that I needed. If a torque is applied to a wheel situated on a frictional surface, what forces cause the ...
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Why does a cyclist/motorcyclist bend when making a turn? [duplicate]

I've seen this very prominently in the Olympics
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Tension Problem: Solve for T for two sliding blocks connected by a string [closed]

The problem: Two blocks made of different materials connected together by a thin cord, slide down a plane ramp inclined at an angle θ to the horizontal as shown in the figure (block B is above ...
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Static and kinetic friction [closed]

Say you have block1 on top of block 2 and the whole system is accelerating toward the right at a certain acceleration. Due to inertia block 1 wants to move backward to the left so there has to be a ...
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Pulling apart two interleaved phone books

The TV show Mythbusters had an episode in which they interleaved two phone books and dramatized how hard it was to pull them apart. (A long time ago, a phone book was a book that had an index of phone ...
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Calculate coefficient of friction from deceleration with and without conservation of energy

How can I solve the following problem? A block that moves at the speed of 120 cm / s keep going for 70 cm before stopping. What's the coefficient of friction between block and table calculated ...
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Could $\int (\ddot\phi + \mu\dot\phi^2)d\phi$ ever be negative? How to show it?

I am working on the following problem: Given a mass $m$ at rest at the base of an incline surface shaped like 1/12th of a circle with radius $R$. The mass is pulled up the incline by a rope that ...
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How many molecules rub off when I press a key?

I have a lot of questions below but my overarching questions are: Do surfaces rubbing lightly together always strip molecules off of each other? and How can we model that? Clearly the answer to the ...
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Why do skidding wheels have less traction than non skidding wheels? [duplicate]

I do not understand in terms of coefficients of friction why this happens? From my understanding the ground and the tire still have the same coefficients of friction right? So why is there less ...
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Why does the co-efficent of kinetic friction of a block on an inclined plane not change when you increase the angle of the plane?

The coefficient of kinetic friction can be calculated using $\mu_k = F_k/F_n$. A change in angle does not affect the normal force, but doesn't a change in angle affect the friction? As in if the angle ...
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Pseudoforce and friction: confusion

Consider the following situation. A block of mass $M$ is resting on a rough horizontal ground, and a frame is moving towards the right horizontally with an acceleration $a$. Suppose the coefficient of ...
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Who does work while walking?

While walking the work done by friction is zero. But who does the work, actually? How someone is getting displaced? This situation also arises when someone climbs without slipping or is climbing a ...
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Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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A statics problem to find minimal friction

consider the following: I need to find the minimal coeeficient of friction $\mu _{min}$ so that both recatngle boxes would remain static. The lower angle in the triangle is $2\alpha$ as indicated. I ...
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How does static friction increase with increase in the applied force?

My book says that 'Between surface of contact between two bodies there are contact forces applied between each other (they are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction,obeying Newton's 3rd law) ...
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Finding coefficient of friction between block and plane [closed]

An inclined plane makes angle $\theta$ with horizontal. Upper half plane is perfectly smooth where as lower half is rough. The block of mass m starts sliding from top. If the block again comes to rest ...
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Modeling a stool with three legs pushed on one leg

If a stool with three legs is pushed (horizontally) on one leg in the direction of the axis passing through the other two legs, it starts both moving and rotating. Is it correct to assume 1/3 of ...
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Moving wedge and pulley system

A wedge of mass $M$ rests on a rough horizontal surface with coefficient of static friction $\mu$. The face of the wedge is a smooth plane inclined at an angle $ \alpha$ to the horizontal. A mass ...
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Inclined plane problem with friction [closed]

A block of mass 6.0 kg slides from rest at a height of 2.0 m down to a horizontal surface where it passes over a 1.5 m rough patch. After crossing this patch it climbs up another incline which is at ...
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Static Friction on a Circular Road [duplicate]

I was recently brushing up on my dynamics, when I saw the interpretation of how a car moves in a circular road. Apparently, the car can stay in a circle due to static friction acting inwards. But I ...
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How do whitening toothbrushes work?

Certain "whitening" toothbrushes are sold and I was wondering about the mechanisms behind the tooth whitening process. I suspect this is related to the shape and arrangement of the fibres, probably ...
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How to get rotation speed after disk-disk collision?

Assume two circular disks A and B collide. They have both initial linear momentum and angular momentum. If their surface has no friction, their angular velocity does not change after collision, so I ...
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Forces other than the fundamental interactions, e.g. friction

Forgive me for the silly question, but I just don't get it. I just completed an elementary course in mechanics, and I am curious to know what I am about to ask. We have, all year, dealt with many ...
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How much more efficient is a road bike than a mountain bike? [closed]

What would be a good estimate on the difference of efficiency between a road bike and a mountain bike? A number of links cite all the usual reasons: thinner tires, better aerodynamics... But I'm ...
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Erosion effect from Coriolis force in a South-to-North water channel?

Imagine we could build a channel (like those cool ones in some countries) but very, very long, parallel to a meridian (ie South-North direction).. The channel would contain water, which would ...
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Lifting frictional force and relative values for kinetic vs static friction

My physics textbook says that friction mainly arises due to intermolecular attraction between atoms of the objects in contact and clashes between peaks are only significant for rough surfaces. I was ...