# Tagged Questions

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

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### Free body diagram for two masses on inclined plane with frictions

I'm a bit confused about free body diagrams on inclined planes with frictions. Consider the situation in the picture, where $A$ and $B$ slide togheter on a inclined plane and I want to find a force (...
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### Free body diagram with forces of friction

I'm reallizing that I'm very confused on how to make a free body diagram of forces in some situations where there is friction between two objects. I'll make an example where I cannot figure out what's ...
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### What makes cart with a moving object in it gain speed (no friction anywhere)?

I would like to understand what makes the cart below the moving object move. There is no friction between any of the objects. The cart is moving therefore there is force applied to it. The only force ...
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### Negative friction force, positive normal force

I realize that formulas don't always tell the whole story, but there seems to be some information missing from the equation: $F_f=\mu F_N$ Imagine we say up and right is positive. Then if an object ...
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### Coefficient of friction and practical experience of sliding

The classical model of friction has a coefficient of friction depend only on the materials, but not area, and the force proportional to the normal force and coefficient of friction. So a given object ...
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### What forces act on a caravan being towed by a car? [closed]

What forces act on a caravan that is being towed by a car? How does this compare to a simple car travelling at a constant speed?
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### Which forces constitute rolling friction? [duplicate]

I am confused about rolling friction. When a wheel rolls, there is instantaneous static friction at the point the wheel touches the ground. This static friction is responsible for the wheel to roll ...
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### Does a movement of a solid in a liquid generate heat by friction?

We know that if we rubbed two solids, it generates heat. Also the shuttles coming into the atmosphere generates heat. So, likewise does a movement of a solid in a liquid generate heat? Also, what will ...
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### How does mass affect the distance a ski jumper travels

I did an experiment to explore this. My results found that their is an optimum mass of a ski jumper. I am unsure about the maths behind this. Can anyone help.
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### What is the minimum force required to move this block

Please don't report. It's not a homework question. Yesterday on my physics test there was this question. there is a block of mass $m$ connected to a spring as shown in the figure. the spring constant ...
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### Why do icebergs move perpendicular to the wind?

I know it has to do with to Coriolis force and the Ekman layer but I didn't really understand the explanation. From Wikipedia: "Ekman transport, part of Ekman motion theory first investigated in ...
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### What impact has air resistance beneath vehicles? [closed]

Let's say that a car travels 100km in one hour consuming 5 litters of gasoline. How much gasoline would consume this car if between the left and right wheels would be a deep hole, meaning that there ...
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### What orientation will let me drive the fastest with a tray of coffee on the floor? [closed]

I like coffee. I like to drive fast. These two don't usually go together, unless you like that coffee all over your floor because you tipped it over going around the corner. If I have up to four cups ...
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### Why does an ice hockey stick, when thrown on ice always rotate and translate together before coming to rest? Why not only rotate or only translate?

When a hockey stick is thrown on ice it simultaneously rotates and translates before stopping. Friction probably plays the main role here, along with the shape of the stick. I think maybe it is due to ...
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### Kindling to make a fire

I know that rubbing stuff like dry grass or wood on firewood works to make a fire but why does it work? I think it is because the friction produces heat but then how come our hands don't get on fire ...
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### What's the minimum kinetic energy required to overcome static friction?

Suppose I have a still (granite) cube on a flat surface with friction with gravity evenly pulling down on everything. I know how to calculate how much force something such as electromagnetism would ...
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### Growth time of static friction

I have a doubt about the best model of friction to use ina dynamic simulation. The most popular model, the Coulomb-Morin's friction, is defined by: $F =\cases{ -F_d \cdot sign(v) & with$v \neq ...
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### Coulomb's static friction in multidimensional case - decide which mass begins to move

Consider a system of N coupled oscillators, under the effect of elastic forces, damping, dynamic and static friction and an external force; for simplicity, let's suppose $N=3$. The friction model is ...
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### Thermodynamics and Newton's second law

Is it correct to say, that the Newton's laws (or a Newtonian system) is reversible if the friction isn't considered (the fact that the time is of second order $\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$) and an isolated ...
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### Newton's 3rd law applied to friction

I'm confused about how Newton's 3rd law applies to friction. If you slid an object across a table then the particles you are sliding against would exert the same force back, but wouldn`t this mean ...
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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 ...
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 don'...