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

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direction of friction on an object rolling with constant speed

Although there are many questions similar to this, but none of these specifically talk about the situation with constant speed. A wheel is rolling on a horizontal plane (having some friction) ...
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Paradoxical Friction When Frying Eggs

I cook scrambled eggs for breakfast in an 8-inch diameter non-stick frying pan with sloping sides (approx 45 degrees). I cook the eggs in a lot of butter and bacon grease that is melted firest, so ...
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Paradox in the two block problem [closed]

UPDATE (regarding duplicate) : This question is not a duplicate of another question. Sure, the situation in both the questions is same and, yes, both questions ultimately provide a methodology to ...
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If I shoot a hockey puck on ice, is the force of me shooting it applied throughout its travel, or is it a one time force?

For example, if I take a slap shot on a hockey puck, from what I understand, the forces acting on the puck are friction, the normal force, and the puck's weight. And, since I'm not constantly either ...
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On the work done by friction

The work done by friction is often calculated just as we would with any force. If we give a block of mass $m$ a velocity $v$ on a rough surface and it comes to rest after traversing a distance $x$, ...
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Force acting on a wheel of a two-wheeled self balancing bot

Proceeding further with my work on a self-balancing bot as posted here: http://bit.ly/1FfI6LK I've gotten stuck at the following equation: n = Gear ratio $K_t$ = DC motor torque constant $i_l$ = DC ...
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How to mute Sliding Friction

I solve rubik's cubes and do it a lot. However, a lot of people around me get annoyed when I do it because it gets really scratchy when I go fast. I know this is because of the sliding friction ...
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Condition for sliding of two blocks placed one over another and connected by spring

A constant force F is applied to smaller mass till M slides. The spring constant is k. Now it is asked to find k. I'm confused with the condition at which the block will start sliding. Can ...
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Static friction and Kinetic friction

I can't seem to find this anywhere on the internet or on stack... Sadly. Very basic question: I have a block that is on a surface. The coefficient of static friction between the two is $0.3$, ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Question on normal force and static friction [closed]

Why is this statement false: If the normal force on an object increases, the static friction must increase? Thank you! Is it because they did not state what normal force is referring to?
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Coefficient of friction on a loop-the-loop!

Here is a question that I thought of while doing a physics lab in class. We dropped a marble from a certain height down a ramp and around loop-the-loop and let it fly off of a table and then we were ...
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How can towtrucks tow a heavy truck on icy roads?

(This isn't hardcore physics, but bear with me. I've been watching too much Highway Thru Hell and I'm curious about this) A common problem on the Highway Thru Hell TV-show is trucks stuck on an icy ...
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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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A Question on Friction [closed]

And yes, this is not a homework thing.Here's my working.
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Drag coefficient of a rectangular prism

How do you find the drag coefficient, specifically for a rectangular prism-shaped body? What other factors must be taken into consideration when calculating this value?
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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Why does the mass of an object on a frictionless surface matter?

I'm given a physics problem about a climber hanging over a cliff and attached by rope to a rock on level, frictionless ice. The goal is to find the acceleration of the pair. After working out the net ...
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You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. Can you escape by inhaling in one direction, then exhaling in the opposite direction?

You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. If you trued to escape by blowing, you would have to inhale eventually, which would counteract the force you gained by blowing. However, if you were to ...
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Which of these two forces is stronger: static friction or kinetic friction? [duplicate]

Which of these two forces is stronger: The force of static friction or the force of kinetic friction? I am having a hard time understanding this concept of friction, so please explain your answer!
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Analysis of a card pyramid

Here's an interesting question I thought of. Firstly, picture one of those card pyramids. Hopefully you know what I'm taking about when I say card pyramid, but basically you balance two cards up ...
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Does a truck stop faster if the stack on the back of truck is stable or if it moves forward?

My question in the title might not be very descriptive so I am re-writing it here: If there is a truck in motion and it has stack of hay (lets suppose) on the back. Now if the truck comes to a sudden ...
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Why does friction act on a cylinder rolling on an inclined?

When a cylinder performs pure rolling while on an inclined plane, Why does friction act on the bottom point? In pure rolling the bottom most point is at rest, so there is no sliding over ...
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Free body driagram of box and plate with a friction force on a smooth surface

On a smooth surface we have a plate of 40 kg and on that plate a a box of 10 kg. Between the plate and the box there is a ...
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The behaviour that saves more energy/ petrol when driving down-up-hill [closed]

This question is in a way a follow-up of this one: Can a car get better mileage driving over hills?, it is similar to that, is no engineering question and is in no way a homework problem, I'd like you ...
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Work done by frictional force on a sliding block

A block slides across a table horizontally with an initial velocity $V$. The frictional force $F$ brings it to rest after its Centre of Mass covers distance $S$. What is the work done by the ...
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When will the pringles can fall?

When I'm pushing a tall, cylindrical object stood on its end (like a Pringles can) I can push it near its bottom, and it will slide forwards, or push it near the top, and it will topple over. So, ...
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How does friction product heat?

Suppose there are two similar particle-like objects attempting to "bump" against each other to create friction, they are prevented from colliding against one another due to either electrostatic ...
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Why doesn't a magnet on a refrigerator slide down?

Obviously gravity pulls objects towards the earth's surface. Now suppose I have a refrigerator and a magnet. The magnetic force is perpendicular to the gravitational force. So it is not counteracting ...
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Speed, weight and force [closed]

If a road roller of weight $W$ is rolling on the road at the speed of $X\,\mathrm{kmph}$, how much force does it apply on the surface of the road (considering a sampled surface of the same size as ...
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What theories or formulas are involved with velocity

What theories or formulas are involved or can be added as background information in an experiment that sees a small toy car roll freely down an incline where the surface area is altered to cause more ...
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why does a ball roll

I searched for my question and I found many results but all of them eventually try to solve something specific (like solving for the kinetic energy or finding when does the ball stop). what I want ...
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What causes angular and linear deceleration in a sliding and rotating ring?

I was solving an AP Physics problem involving a ring sliding and rotating over a frictional surface. When I started to think about why the ring eventually comes to a stop I started to become confused. ...
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Period of a simple pendulum accounting for friction

The period of a simple pendulum is $$T=2\pi\sqrt{\ell/g},$$ but no where in there do I see that it accounts for friction. Does it somehow account for friction, and if not, how could you do that?
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The applied and friction forces of a particle along a straight wire in horizontal plane

A particle of mass $14~\text{kg}$, slides along a straight wire in a horizontal plane. The coefficient of dynamic friction $\mu_k = 0.6$ The equation of the line of the wire is $y = \sqrt{3}x$ so ...
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How can static friction do work?

By definition, the work done by a force is $W = F\cdot d$, so how can static friction do work? Can this force move the body a distance of $75~\text{m}$?
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Frequency response of a capstan-like mechanical amplifier

Tension on a wire can be amplified by wrapping the wire around a powered rotating capstan, with output force governed by the linear capstan equation, Tout = Tin * emu*theta. Will this equation hold ...
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Work done by friction on car

David Morin, in "Introduction to Classical Mechanics" says that friction does not exert a force on a car because the ground is fixed but that KE of the car is changing to internal kinetic energy in ...
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Is it possible to formulate a Hamiltonian for a damped system?

I recently found out that it is possible to formulate a Hamiltonian for a system with time-dependent coordinates such that the Hamiltonian is not the same as the energy When is the Hamiltonian of a ...
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Finding the acceleration of a mass/pulley system without knowing the direction of the displacement

I have the following question: I noticed that if I solve for the acceleration assuming that the acceleration is occuring to the left, I get the equation: $\displaystyle a = ...
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Can Tension between two blocks on a horizontal plane be discovered in these conditions? [closed]

the bodies are linked by an ideal string, one has m1=10kg & the other m2=20kg The force is known and is pulling horizontally, F=60N on the lighter object the coefficient of friction is said to be the ...
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Equilibrium when it shouldn't be?

I'm doing an experiment that requires me to balance a ring, tied to four strings, in the middle of a force table; in other words, the objective is to set the ring at equilibrium. Each string is ...
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Force needed to hold a book between your hands - not sure about the influence of friction

I'm looking at this problem: A student presses a book between his hands, as the drawing indicates. The forces that he exerts on the front and back covers of the book are perpendicular to the ...
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How can a petrol car require less fuel at 55mph than a lower speed at the same rpm?

It seems to be widely accepted that somewhere around 55mph is the most economical speed to drive in a conventional petrol car. Recently I ordered an EV, and learned that (with the exception of at ...
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Maximum acceleration for a vehicle [closed]

I'm in engineering school and we have a project: we have to build a amphibioues vehicle; I'm looking for a formula. Our vehicle has to go as far as possible with its unique source of energy, a ...
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Question about circular motion of car turning

When we move round a roundabout there is a frictional force between the tires and the road that acts towards the centre of the roundabout in order to produce the circular motion. Why then do we ...
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Role of roughness in friction

In many textbooks static and kinetic friction is explained by surface roughness and interlocking asperities. However this website: http://amasci.com/miscon/miscon4.html#fric which is cited in ...
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Can there be friction unless the objects in contact are not acted upon by an external force?

The definition of friction I read from The book, General Physics written by Henry Crew is that, The resistance which either one of the body offers to the motion is called force of friction". If it is ...
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Why friction is not taken to be varying jointly as roughness of the object along with normal force?

Frictional resistance to the relative motion of two solid objects is usually proportional to the force which presses the surfaces together as well as the roughness of the surfaces. But when we talk ...
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If two bodies move opposite to each other when brought in contact, what is the direction of force of friction?

We know that when a body is at rest and other is dragged over it then a force is produced which opposes the motion and consequently its direction is negative to the force applied on body to produce ...