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

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Why does taking a long step increase the chance of slipping?

Me and my friend were walking and it was raining. He didn't have any grip on the slippers so he took smaller steps to avoid slipping. We both were wondering why does taking a long step increase the ...
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Falling chain with friction

I really need some help with a physics problem, and I guess my doubt is more conceptual, than question based. But still, let me pose it to you: A uniform chain of mass $M$ and length $L$ lies on ...
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What is $\gamma$ in the damping equation?

$x''+\gamma x'+w_0^2x=0$ That is the general equation for damped harmonic motion. What is the term or name that describes $\gamma$? Is it called the damping constant? I know its the ration between ...
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Finding the force of friction of a moving object and its change when it accelerates to a constant speed

I have been searching for a straight forward answer to this question for ages now and it is driving me crazy. Here is what I know: If an object is moving at a constant speed the force of friction ...
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Skiing downhill

The other day on skiing holiday we've been arguing about whether an adult has weight advantage over a child when skiing downhill. I was claiming that gravity is a constant regardless of object's ...
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Approximating Rolling/Sliding in 2D Shape

I'm trying to find more information on how a 2D shape (could be defined by a function, such as ellipse, or by a polygon) will roll across a surface. The shape could be nearly circular or quite ...
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Rolling (without slipping) ball on a moving surface

I've been looking at examples of a ball rolling without slipping down an inclined surface. What happens if the incline angle changes as the ball is rolling? More precisely I've been trying to find ...
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How does the resistance force on a rolling ball depend on the ball radius?

A billiard ball set gently rolling on a billiard table slows and stops, because it is decelerated by resistance forces at the contact between the ball and table. I expect the magnitude of the ...
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Rolling resistance and static friction

I am a bit confused about the relation between rolling resistance and static friction. I have often heard that it is the static friction that lets the wheel roll. Consider the following two cases: ...
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calculating thermal energy [exam prep]

I'm preparing for a grade 11 physics exam but having trouble with a question: a 19.9kg mass slides in a straight 28.8m line experiencing friction with a coefficient of 0.105, how much thermal energy ...
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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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An object is placed on an inclined plane. Does it roll? [closed]

An object is placed on in inclined plane. There may or may not be friction, your choice. My question is, how do we figure out whether or not it rolls? For example a sphere rolls but a cube doesn't.
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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 does a cyclist/motorcyclist bend when making a turn? [duplicate]

I've seen this very prominently in the Olympics
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How does separation of tracks affect the acceleration of a rolling ball on the tracks?

If I have two metal rods arranged like a ramp with coefficient of friction $\mu$, at an angle $\theta$ to the ground, and a solid metal ball or radius $r$ and mass $m$ rolling down between the two ...
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Materials with directional friction property?

At the macroscopic level a simple metal file or rasp creates a large amount of friction in one direction and a much smaller amount in the opposit direction. Shark skin displays the same properties due ...
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Heuristic equation for Friction force between materials

I'm programming a game where different types of objects will be sliding over different types of terrains (Top-down in two dimensions). At my current level of physics education we are given the ...
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Can I use the reduced mass principle in a spring-damper system?

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/orbv.html#rm I want to know, if I can use the reduced mass principle to solve a two object spring-damper system. In the books and webpages that I have ...
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Loop-the-Loop with Friction [closed]

Let's consider a track that begins vertically becomes a 450 degree loop, and level off. (See diagram) We drop a block from height $H$ that falls and goes around the loop. Ignoring air resistance, ...
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Impact of friction on a fallen body [closed]

If a body travelling at speed falls to the ground through an arc from a certain height (someone walking who trips, for example), how does friction of the ground surface affect the forces impacting ...
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Is there any place you can safely skydive without a parachute?

While trying to explain to someone how a kitten walked away from a fall from a skyscraper I got to wondering if there's any place a human could do that and I find myself out of my depth. The only ...
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Why did increasing the Ackermann geometry in my race car make it faster in corners?

Ackermann geometry is used to account for the different radius arcs that the front tires follow when the steering wheel is turned from center. It's often expressed as a percentage: e.g. 25% Ackermann, ...
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Water pressure calculation for a volume of water at a given height

I'm looking to create a rain harvesting system. I have a 275 gallon IBC tote that is 48" x 40" x 46". I have an adapter for a 3/4 garden hose at the bottom of the IBC tote. I'm trying to figure out ...
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Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a frictionless vacuum?

I am attempting to settle a friendly bet. Would a pendulum swing indefinitely in a hypothetical vacuum (i.e. no air resistance) having a hypothetical frictionless bearing (i.e. no energy lost due to ...
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Does body weight affect the speed when going downhill on a mountain bike?

We know heavier objects fall faster when dropped at certain height. I was wondering if I am going downhill on my mountain bike without any peddling, will I travel faster or slower because I am fat?
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Conservation of energy in objects at terminal velocities

In vacuum, object free falling under gravity, the sum of Gravitational Potential Energy(GPE) and Kinetic Energy (KE) is a constant. The GPE is a decreasing side of a quadratic and KE is a increasing ...
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Where's the best place to add weight to a Pinewood Derby car?

A little background: a Pinewood Derby car is a small wooden car that races down an inclined track, powered only by gravity. You are allowed to add weight to the car up to a certain limit. Here is a ...
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What prevents a natural fibers rope from untwisting when it is elongated?

I don't understand why a rope doesn't untwist when an attempt is made to increase its length. It seems counter-intuitive to me, because untwisting would allow the rope to increase its length, but in ...
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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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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 does rolling resistance of rail wheel depend on diameter?

Freight train is more efficient than truck due to lower rolling resistance. And I wonder which one has lower rolling resistance<>, small diameter or larger one or it doesn't not depend on diameter ...
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Is water considered a substance with low friction or high friction?

Like, for example, rubber is a substance with high friction, as an object with neither high or low friction would easily stop on it, and wouldn't skid. Ice is considered an object with low friction, ...
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Why spinning a pen makes it easier to remove it from the stand?

I have a ballpoint pen stand on my desk. The pens are held inside their caps with the point down, like this one (but not as fancy): If I try to simply pull up one pen, the friction between cap and ...
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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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Theoretical Question about a Frictionless Rope

This is kind of ridiculous to imagine, but say a person could somehow tie a frictionless rope into a knot. After making the loop and everything, and tightening the knot, technically the knot would ...
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Confusions in the 'Adhesion Theory of friction.'

While reading about the Adhesion theory of friction on this site, I came to some points which I couldn't understand. I have highlighted them: ...Adhesion approach is based on the partial ...
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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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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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Why friction is zero when wheel slip is zero? [duplicate]

From most graph, when the tire doesn't slip, then the friction is zero, for example see the below image Why there is no friction when there is no slip? As the car stand still on slope, there is no ...
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Direction of force of friction?

I know that friction opposes the direction of the velocity, but the problem is when I don't know what the direction of the velocity is. When I'm drawing a FBD for complex systems with ramps and ...
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What stops the car?

Centre of mass of a system cannot change its state of motion, unless there is an external force acting on it. Yet the internal force of brakes can bring a car to rest. Then what stops the car?
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What is the friction between cylinder and wall (ground)?

A hollow cylinder (radius $R$) is rolling against the wall at angular speed $\omega$. The coefficient of friction between the cylinder and the wall(ground) is $\mu$. After how many rotations the ...
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Is it possible to find out the distance traveled by a car if the force applied on it is given?

Say you have car which produces $F$ amount of force which is transferred to the wheels directly. Now assuming that there is air friction which is causing a retarding force proportional to the ...
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Direction of friction on particle placed on a rotating turntable

If a particle is placed on a rotating turntable then the particle has a tendency to slip tangentially with respect to the underneath surface... So the friction should act tangentially to the ...
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What forces act on a person sitting in a chair with wheels when they push off another stationary object

What is slowing me down when I push off my desk? What are the "Major" contributors? and Does how hard I push with one hand (or with two hands) make a significant difference?
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Terminal Velocity

Let Suppose a bullet of 2 gram is falling with the speed of 200km/h. Now how can we know the time after which it gains it terminal velocity. Also when it gain its terminal velocity the force of ...
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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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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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Can a thrown egg chip (or break) a car windshield?

Is it possible to throw an egg with such speed that a car windshield will chip (just like with stone chips?) I have searched around for existing research in the area and have found that the impact ...