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

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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 ...
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Why is kinetic friction less than static friction? [duplicate]

Ex: A wooden block is lying on a table. I am told that because the block is still, the microscopic surface irregularities form more complicated interlocking structures. Is it because the force of the ...
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Gravitational Force [closed]

If energy is represented by Acceleration=A, then am=F ams=W (ams)/t=P Acceleration is always present when motion is present, acceleration is the energy. Since gravity translates into ...
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Why is the coefficient of kinetic friction greater than the coefficient of static friction? [duplicate]

I am a physics major taking freshman year physics courses. We did a lab experiment where we were given three objects and inclined plane, and we were asked to find the coefficients of kinetic and ...
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Acceleration of body rolling down inclined plane

Acceleration of a body rolling down an inclined plane is given by: $$\frac{g\sin\theta}{1+\frac{k^2}{r^2}}$$ $g$=acceleration due to gravity $\theta$=angle of inclined plane $k$=radius of gyration ...
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Can friction change the resonance frequency of a system?

I am simulating the transient response of a mass-spring-damping system with friction. The excitation is given in the form of a base acceleration. What I am not sure about is: can the friction change ...
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Work done by friction opposing a force at an angle

Let's imagine there's a block of mass m sitting on a rough surface with a kinetic friction coefficient $\mu$. It's being pulled with a constant force $A$ at $h$ degrees above the horizontal and is ...
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Physics of wheel slip?

I am trying to write a program that simulates the physics of a locomotive (diesel, not steam). I already have a method to get the tractive effort of the locomotive. If anyone must know, the one I am ...
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The formula for the kinetic friction on inclined surface

I'm confused about the formula for the force of friction on inclined surface. It says that $f$ (force of friction) = $\mu N$ (where $\mu$ is the coefficient of the friction). Is: $$f = ...
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In practical, how to find the friction of rubber vs plastic? [duplicate]

I did an experiment. The experiment was to use a gripper which had rubber fingers to grip a plastic rod which attached to a mass. After that I had a linear motor to move the gripper. What I wanted ...
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Sliding Wine Glass [duplicate]

Earlier today, I came across a strange phenomenon involving a just-washed wine glass and a countertop. The gist of it is: when you place a warm wine glass upside-down on the wet countertop, it starts ...
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Simultaneous: static friction and acceleration

I need help thinking about two events happening simultaneously. I have a heavy block on a surface with static and kinetic coefficients of friction, though they are unknown. The block is connected to ...
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Circular Motion and Simulated Gravity

People have proposed that a spinning cylindrical shape could be used to simulate gravity. Will gravity be simulated if the cylinder is frictionless? My brain can't seem to wrap around the idea that ...
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The role of mass in the tablecloth trick

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I have a question about the role of mass in the classic tablecloth trick, where the demonstrator pulls the tablecloth out from underneath a set of ...
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Using resultant vectors to calculate how long it takes to travel a distance [closed]

A box of books weighing $320 \;\mathrm{N}$ is shoved across the floor of an apartment by a force of $569 \;\mathrm{N}$ exerted downward at an angle of $36.5^\circ$ below the horizontal. The ...
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Zero gravity means zero friction?

The frictional force acting on a body placed on a horizontal plane is $F=\mu{R}$ where $R$ is the normal reaction and is equal to weight of a body in this case. And $\mu$ is the coefficient of ...
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If a body slides down a frictionless inclined plane what will be the net normal force?

If a body(m) slides down a frictionless inclined plane (M), will the net normal force between the ground and the inclined plane be (M+m)g ? I feel it should be less than (M+m)g. This is because one ...
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How to develop the static and kinetic friction formula? [duplicate]

How do you end up with the formula for Amontons' first law of friction? ($F_s = \mu_s \times N$) or ($F_k = \mu_k \times N$). I know how to use the formula. Now I need to know how to get to it.
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Static vs. kinetic friction and the “normal-force” considered

Consider two cases. First, we have a box that a person applies a force to (say to the right). The force of friction (static) is then directed to the left. Second, say that the box is moving at ...