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

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Will loss of contact with the ground remove friction forces?

If we suppose that one object is losing contact from the floor, let's say the trajectory of this object is a semisphere, then in this instantaneous time just before the contact is loss will make the ...
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Spring Constant of a Slingshot

So we have a elastic slingshot which slides a block across the floor until coming to a stop but we've been facing a couple difficulties in determining our spring constant. We have a table of forces ...
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How to derive friction laws?

How do I derive the laws: $$F_s = \mu_s N, F_k = \mu_k N$$ For static and kinetic friction? It was one of the very first things I was ever taught in a physics lesson, and yet to this day I still ...
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Is there any friction between wheel and road?

Human beings invented the wheel to get rid of the friction between the wheel and the road. But were we able to reduce it to zero? Is there any residual friction? This question is about only the ...
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Rolling Friction Problem

The handbrake of a vehicle of mass $1.5\ \mathrm{tonnes}$ completely fails while it is parked on a $30^\circ$ slope. It rolls $20\ \mathrm{m}$ down the slope before colliding with, and locking on to, ...
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Does an object reversing direction experience static friction?

I know that there is kinetic friction, experienced by an object in motion, and static friction, experienced by a stationary object put into motion. Take an object that is pushed, this push makes the ...
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Stokes' law and settling particle speed

What are the forces that are exerted when a particle is dragged by air flow in a tube and settles within some distance? Does Stokes' law calculate the net force, taking into consideration of all these ...
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How does static friction provide centripetal acceleration? [duplicate]

While reading about the motion of a car on a level road, I read that static friction provides centripetal acceleration? Please explain as simple as possible.
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Friction in Lagrangian formulation

We know the Lagrange equations are: $$\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial q_i}-\frac{d}{dt}\left(\frac{\partial \mathcal{L}}{\partial \dot{q_i}}\right)=0.$$ Then, when we add friction in there, we ...
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Why is the friction vector resolved even though the inclined plane is the reference plane?

I do not understand why the frictional force is resolved even though it is already on the reference x-axis. Asked this question to college teacher and got reply,"I will do it later" and later never ...
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Work done by Friction. Can it be positive or zero?

The work done by frictional force is negative as it opposes the relative motion? Please explain when will the work done by friction be (i) zero (ii) positive ?
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Where to hit the pool ball such that it satisfies the given condition? [closed]

The question Where to hit the ball in such a way that after covering a certain distance it rolls back? You are given a pool ball and you have to find where to hit it such that it rolls back after ...
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How does this spool have an angular acceleration opposite to its acceleration?

Consider this spool. It rests on a rough horizontal force. The green lines are the ground, and a line parallel to the ground. The spool is pulled without sliding by the thread (with tension T), with ...
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Friction in a fluid

when an object is moving in a fluid(air for example), the air will resist the object's movement: molecules of the air will collide with the surface of the object (no slip condition) and then we will ...
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Pulley Friction

Why is the frictional force of a rotating pulley 0? For example, consider two masses and a string that links those masses passing through a pulley. Why do we not account for the frictional force of ...
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Why does a top spin so well?

I know that the force of friction does not depend on surface area, but then why does a top spin better on a point rather than a region of larger surface area. For example, if I spin a top on it's ...
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What is the relationship between rolling resistance and velocity?

I'm a games programmer, trying to write a simple car physics simulation. I'm aware that a car travelling in a straight line will exert a traction force that drives it forwards (by turning the wheels ...
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When does normal force equal to $mg$?

Can someone once and for all explain when does normal force equal to mg? I know for sure that when there is no friction, normal force will be equal to mg. But, i encountered some questions when there ...
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Friction in driving car

We know friction helps in driving car, does this mean car can move faster on rough surfaces ? Since coefficient of friction is more on rough surfaces
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Best angle to pull an object

I'm fairly new to physics (high school) but really enjoy. I recently came across a problem of my own that I tried to solve: what is the best angle to pull an object at? I derived $F=F\cos \theta-\mu ...
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Finding Friction and Coefficient of Friction Force? [closed]

A $65\,\mathrm{kg}$ object slides down a $30^\circ$ slope at a constant speed. Air resistance is negligible. Find the coefficient of friction and force of friction. The normal force equals ...
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Friction in an ascending elevator

When a lift moves up the normal reaction,R is greater than the weight,mg,producing common acceleration mf such that R-mg=mf Friction,F=coefficient of friction ×R.In case of an ascending lift R is ...
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Measure ball's acceleration down inclined plane

If I am asked to devise an experiment to find an expression for the acceleration of a uniform sphere (ball bearing) rolling down an inclined plane, as a function of the angle of incline. Hence deduce ...
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Does really a spring compresses placed between two blocks when one block is given force on a frictionless surface?

When Spring is placed between two bodies on a frictionless surface it gets compressed when one block is given kinetic energy as told by my physics teacher. But it should not compress as there's no ...
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Sliding and rolling friction

I heard that friction depends only on the normal force but not on the contact area. Let's take a cube and a sphere which are of same weight (then normal force will also same ) but the force needed to ...
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Friction between needle and bearing

I have a question about friction and its effect on materials. Please forgive my long description of the problem. I have made a Device that is designed to slowly oscillate a magnetically suspended ...
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Calculating constant velocity from friction [closed]

I'm unsure if my Book is wrong. Either way, we send a pinball through a cylinder filled with oil, the forces that apply are. Fpinball = 15,8 ∙ 10^−6 ∙ 9,82 = 5,69 ∙ 10^−5N Foil = 𝜌 ∙ 𝑔 ∙ 𝑉 = ...
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A false proof of drag force being conservative

Consider a particle moving along some trajectory in the $x$-$y$ plane, in a viscous medium. Then its equation of motion is given by: $$\mathbf{F}_d = - b \mathbf{v} .$$ it's well-known from the ...
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How does magnetic field gets generated by friction between high temperature molten metallic cores?

I was watching "Strip the cosmos" show on Discovery science channel last day and they explained that earth produces magnetic field due to rubbing of the two concentric cores, both the molten metal ...
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Finding the coefficient of friciton [closed]

I'm asked to find the coefficient of friction before the bar starts sliding. Here is my solution -> ∑M = 0 -mg * 1.4863 + 1.8159*T = 0 (T*1.8159) i found by using a cross product ( -2.9726i+ ...
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work done in observer frame

I had a few questions. 1) Is work done independent of the refrance frame? 2) Suppose a cart-A with rough surface is accelerating with an acceleration a and another cart-B with acceleration b. Now to ...
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Must one include friction and gravitational force in the work term?

Example problem: "A sled has an initial velocity up a ramp of 5 m/s, the ramp has an angle of 20 degrees to the horizontal, and the coefficient of dynamic friction between the sled and the plane ...
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Accelerated pure rolling and friction

I know that if a body is pure rolling with no acceleration then friction acting on it is zero. But what about if the CM has an acceleration? Then can we say that friction is present? Suppose that ...
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Mismatch between underdamped and critically damped solutions

If you have a harmonic oscillator with damping $D$ (e.g. small angle pendulum) $$\ddot{\theta}+D\dot{\theta} + \theta=0$$ then the solution I get in the underdamped case ($D^2-4<0$) is: ...
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Why friction between two smooth surfaces is high? [duplicate]

If we place two smooth surface one over the other why friction increases or becomes high ?
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Finding the friction before slipping [closed]

There is a string that is attached to a bar as shown below in the picture. What is the coefficient friction between the bar and floor before bar starts slipping. I have chosen a pivot point about ...
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Determining direction of static friction when tension and gravity are present

I'm a private Physics tutor, and I'm a bit stumped by one of my student's problems. It's #3 on this worksheet (http://www.hopewell.k12.pa.us/Downloads/Inclined%20Plane%20Worksheet.pdf -- not his ...
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Why do objects move when you apply a force that's equal in magnitude to the friction? [duplicate]

If the friction on an object is 200 N and you apply 200 N, it seems, the forces should immediately cancel each other out since the friction and your applied force go in opposite directions, leaving ...
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Why is friction not dissipative in rolling motion? [duplicate]

We know that non-conservative forces like friction is a dissipative force. But according to my book when a solid cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane of inclination angle $\theta$ the ...
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Center of mass chaotic in n-body gravitational interactions?

I wrote a gravitational particle simulation. To prevent the particles flinging off out of the screen, I added a bit of friction (it also makes the animation prettier as particles spiral into one ...
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Angle of repose for cylinders and spheres

Is angle of repose of a cylinder or a sphere same as angle of repose of a block on an rough incline? How to calculate it for spheres and cylinders?
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How is direction of static friction not opposite in direction but perpendicular when dealing with centripetal forces?

I was trying to wrap my head around this solution, and the whole idea of a car moving around a level curve, how the friction supplies the centripetal force. But I still can't wrap my head around the ...
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Why does chalk dust stick to a chalkboard?

I understand that friction causes the chaos dust to come off the stick of chalk, but what exactly is causing the chalk dust to stay on the chalk board until rubbed off?
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If the friction coefficients depend on the object's property, why do they change in sliding & rolling, despite the object being same? [duplicate]

I know that when you roll an object instead of sliding it reduces the friction you can easily move an object. Consider the object to have a weight $W$ on a horizontal surface and the two objects have ...
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Perturbation Method in Mechanics: Average velocity of a small mass on a vibrating inclined plane [closed]

I've stumbled across this delightful and difficult collection of problems, by Jaan Kalda. The following problem has stumped me. (It's probem 16 on the sheet, which I have provided as a link) ...
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Does friction depend on the direction of motion?

In my experiment of finding the moment of inertia of a flywheel, I first rotate the flywheel in the anticlockwise direction and then in the clockwise direction, but I am getting different values of ...
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Intuition for why friction on rolling objects is in the same direction as motion?

When we usually draw friction, it is opposite the direction of motion. However, in rotational motion problem when a cylinder is rolling on the floor, it is in the same direction as the motion. I did ...
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treadmill physics, wheel size vs. counterforce

I'm trying to design a classical treadmill for rodents which has two wheels at the two end and a plain "conveyor" belt in between. What is the best way of designing this if i want to have minimal ...
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Force of an object “skidding”?

Let's say I put the brakes on really suddenly in a car that was moving at 40mph. If I know how much force it takes to break the adhesion of the wheels, how do I find the force the car is exerting? ...
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How can I find static friction without knowing the mass of the object? [closed]

I know the following: The block is at the bottom of a $37\:\mathrm{degree}$ incline and is travelling at a speed of $25\:\mathrm{m/s}$. The coefficient of kinetic friction is $0.25$, but I do not ...