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

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Why is there a static frictional force on an object that rolls without slipping?

It is clear that if a frictional force must exist on an object that rolls without slipping, it must a static frictional force because the contact point of the object with the ground does not move. I ...
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Why is mud muddy?

How to explain properties of mixture of sand with water? Why is it so coherent and slippery at the same time? Is it due to hydrogen bonds? Why is mud of smaller grains more slippery and incoherent ...
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Why is the force of Friction less than the force applied on the block in this situation?

This is a seemingly basic mechanics problem but I'm having a dilemma in understanding what happens. You start with two blocks, one on top of the other (the bottom block has a larger mass than the top ...
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Why does a car bonnet (hood) rise when you connect the clutch with a brake on?

Is the rotational force to overcome the brakes moved to the opposite effect of moving the car chassis, until the brake is released?
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Contradiction regarding friction of a rolling cylinder in an inclined plane

I came upon this while wondering whether the friction of a rolling cylinder on an inclined plane depends on the value of friction coefficient. now, $$f\leqq\upsilon N$$ Again after calculating I ...
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Is the newton's second law for a body experiencing a frictional force, relative to the surface in contact?

Let us consider a routine mechanics problem.A block of $ 10kg $ rests on another block of $ 2kg $ on a frictionless table.Let $ \mu = 0.2 $ be the coefficient of friction(let's neglect the difference ...
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Friction in Physics

I've heard a lot of things about Friction like friction between solids, liquids and gases. Even practical applications like motion of objects (Like car moving on road), etc. involve friction. But, do ...
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Does friction act in the same way in different directions?

A physics textbook is launched up a rough incline with a kinetic energy of $X$ joules. When the book comes momentarily to rest near the top of the incline, it has only gained ($X-20$) joules of ...
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Finding Distance an Object Travels Up an Incline After Launch

I've been doing a review for an introductory physics course final. I have a question on one problem though. Here is the problem: A mass (M=2kg) is placed in front of a spring with k=900N/m, ...
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Does Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) have low wind resistance?

It is reasonable to assume that covering for example an airplane with Teflon would lead to it having lower wind resistance? The reason why I ask is that Teflon "has one of the lowest coefficients of ...
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Friction between air and a tube

I would like to know how I could estimate the friction caused by air flowing at a speed of 1000 km/h in a tube. The tube could be made out of any material, which makes it possible to calculate, ...
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The forces acting on 2 boxes [closed]

Consider the following figure: The surface is not friction-less. When the force $F$ is applied on mass A: Is the force the mass A applies on mass B larger, smaller or equal then the Force that B ...
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Question on circular motion — car turning on road

Lets say a car is turning on a road that has friction. I made this small diagram where the two parallel lines indicate the tires of the car. In order for the car to keep turning in a circle, there ...
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Force on a potentially rolling ball initially at rest

I'm a graduate student in mechatronics, but I give myself headaches on this astonishingly simple 2D problem. Imagine a ball (perfectly rigid) on an horizontal plane (perfectly rigid), initially at ...
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Solving for Normal Force

I'm working through The Nature of Code, which is an awesome book, lots of fun. I've come across Exercise 3.13 and I'm not sure how to solve it. I'm assuming that the force of gravity and the force of ...
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graphing velocity and time (v-t graph) [closed]

The question goes like this: If we push a body shortly uphill and it gets a starting velocity of $v \ ms^{-1}$,the coefficient of friction between the body and the surface is constant, represented by ...
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Static friction

Just a quick question, When a force on an object is equal to its static coefficient * normal force , would the object move or would it stay stationary? Or does the force always need to be greater ...
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Finding friction forces of stacked boxes on a table

Consider the following system. The given friction coefficients are for static. Let $g=10$ (meter per square second). If the $F(t)=10t$, for example, determine the friction forces $f_{AB}(t)$ ...
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Help understanding a potential energy problem [closed]

Apologies if the following problem does not seem to involve potential energy, it is a homework problem that is labeled under the potential energy chapter. Question While a roofer is working on a ...
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Friction on an object moving with momentum over a surface

I'm familiar with the equations for friction for a static object and an object moving at steady speed over a surface from high school physics. But we never learned how an object moving only due to ...
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Find the force used to press a book against a leaned desk so it doesn't slip

I know there are several threads concerning this issue, but none of it helped me, so I decided to open a new one. So, the task is to find a force $F_{\mathrm{push}}$ on a desk which is leaned for an ...
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How do I find angular and linear velocity after normal force and “infinite” friction force?

Look at this picture: http://i.imgur.com/mY8ShkV.png Here we have a ball resting on top of a platform (the contact point is marked red). I know the normal vector (marked green). I also know the mass, ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum and linear velocity

I have a problem where a cylinder is moving on a horizontal surface, starting with velocity $v_0$. It is given that its radius is $10\text{cm}$, its mass is $200\text g$ and the coefficient of ...
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Direction of friction in case of a rolling sphere

Suppose a ball rolls on a ground .obviously it is friction that helps to develop the required torque.Hence I find the direction of friction by pointing out the direction of rolling of the ball. But is ...
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Interpretation of Free Damped Vibrations

I'm studying vibrations; so I'm using Beer-Johnston-Cornwell Dynamics book. I am worry about the equation for Underdamped Vibration, which in the book it is: $$x_{(t)}=x_0e^{-\lambda ...
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Resistive force proportional to velocity

Find the displacement and velocity of horizontal motion in a medium in which the retarding force is proportional to the velocity. I kind of understand how to do this problem. We know that the ...
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Damping Coefficient for a Hydraulic-Controlled Door

I am not very good with physics terms, so please treat me as an ignorant. I am trying to calculate a damping coefficient dynamically for a hydraulic-controlled door that opens and closes due to ...
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Friction forces and sliding slabs

I have 2 questions, one generalizing the other. Question 1: Suppose we have 2 slabs resting horizontally on a table. Assume there is friction between the 2 slabs as well as between the bottom slab ...
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Friction problem having two blocks on separate inclined planes connected by a string

This is a question I found in my old high-school textbook(I'm revising the topics for a course).Two blocks A and B of masses $1kg$ and $2kg$ are placed on a fixed triangular wedge by a massless ...
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Is inertia present in a body while in state of motion?

According to Newton's law of inertia (written in book:The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy**) it is said that in all objects having mass, have always inertia included in their property ...
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How much speed is maintained in a 90 degree turn? [closed]

How much speed is maintained in a 90 degree turn? Is there an equation for this? I was recently driving and took a 90 degree turn while coasting at 25 mph and it did not seem like I lost very much ...
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Friction acting on a particle on a rough place

If a particle on a rough inclined is attached to a spring so that the spring is parallel to the inclined place, when the particle is equilbrium just because of the weight of the particle extends the ...
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Hyperbolic, parabolic, elliptical PDE related to under-, critical- and overdamped in harmonic osciallation

A damped harmonic oscillator has three cases for the damping: underdamped, critically damped and overdamped. With partial differential equations, I know the hyperbolic wave equation, the parabolic ...
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The direction of friction for a car wheel

In this particular example shown the image below (from engineering dynamics - Meriam), I do not figure out why the direction of friction is in direction of the translation of the car? Or I just ...
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Car tires wearing in dependence on breaking system

Lets say I have two cars. They are identical in every way, except that Car A has a normal breaking system, where most of the breaking power is inflicted on the front wheels, and some on the back, and ...
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Energy problem: What's wrong here?

A car ($m=540\,\text{kg}$) engine, has a power of $60\,\text{kW}$. The static friction coefficient between wheels and road is $k=0.6$. How long does it take to reach the speed of ...
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What is the force of friction between two bodies given their masses and a force pulling them as a unit accross a surface?

Where a force of 200N pulls two blocks together(as one system) across a horizontal table top(µ=0.800) $m_A$ = 5.00kg, $m_B$ = 10.0kg Find the acceleration of the system. Find f$_k$ between B and A ...
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Kinematics - Find theta with Coefficient of Friction?

I recently found a problem that looked like this: A box sits on a horizontal wooden ramp. The coefficient of static friction between the box and the ramp is ...
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How to calculate work done by variable kinetic friction force?

A heavy chain with a mass per unit length $\rho$ is pulled by the constant force $F$ along a horizontal surface consisting of a smooth section and a rough section. The chain is initially at rest on ...
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Is my understanding of the mechanics of skidding correct?

I'm trying to understand the mechanics which determine if a car making a turn will skid. Are the following correct or incorrect: A vehicle making a turn will skid unless the centripetal force is ...
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How calculate the angle to launch an object at the maximum distance?

Suppose that you want to launch an object that travels the longest distance, given the starting speed (or the force applied). You have to determine the angle that al you to reach the longest distance, ...
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Is this a correct addition to a pipe friction loss calculation?

I've been using this online calculator to work out the difference in pressure and flow between two ends of a pipe: Pipe Friction Calculation for Fluid Flow in a Pipe So far most of it makes sense, ...
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Friction + Bouncing of an Object against an Elastic Wall

I am trying to create the formula for applying a bouncing effect to an element which is already slowing down by friction. At the moment I have an element which moves in one dimension at speed "S" and ...
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static friction problem without mass

I am having trouble with a physics problem. The problem is as follows: A car is traveling at 54.0 mi/h on a horizontal highway. A) If the coefficient of static friction between road and tires on a ...
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Zero turn radius without using swivel casters [closed]

I'm not sure if this question fits the Physics sub-exchange, but I thought it related to simple physics. I'm trying to think if the below wheel (image below) could allow for my push mower to have a ...
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A statics problem to find minimal friction

consider the following: I need to find the minimal coeeficient of friction $\mu _{min}$ so that both recatngle boxes would remain static. The lower angle in the triangle is $2\alpha$ as indicated. I ...
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Work done by a frictional force on a cylinder

A cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $R$, is rolled on surface with coefficient of kinetic friction $\mu_{k}$ about the axis passing through the center and parallel to the surface, with initial ...
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Help with incline plane intuition?

I am doing a simple project for a self-learn class with a friend to understand physics better over the summer. We slide down a hill on a tarp on an ice-block and then half way down, we hit grass and ...
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Why are some surfaces slippery?

Why are ice and oil slippery? In general, why do certain substances make a surface difficult to walk on?
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Kinematics - moving body [duplicate]

If I have an inclined plane, which has acceleration $\alpha$, will a block placed on the inclined plane slip back with the same acceleration? (considering that the surface is frictionless)