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

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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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Frictional forces apposing motion

Please could someone help with some physics about resistive forces that would slow a ball down which is rolling across a floor. I have found conflicting bits of information about the effect friction ...
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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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If the force of friction is 20 N for a moving body does acceleration increase with the increase of the mass?

A body is moving and the only force acting on it is the force of friction. If we put another body on this moving body somehow the force of friction will increase; does its acceleration change?
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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 ...
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Inclined pulley with unknown hanging mass: when won't the system accelerate?

We have an inclined pulley with angle of $30° $ a block with mass of $10 kg$ placed upon it and It is attached by a rope over a pulley to a mass of $M_A$ which hangs vertically. If $μ_s=0.4$ and ...
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What forces cause the centripetal acceleration in circular motion on a merry-go-round?

Suppose you stand on a merry-go-round spinning at $f$ revolutions per second and you are $R$ meters from the center. What forces act on you? If you were tied to a rope like in Fig 2 you would follow ...
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Why is it that friction apparently decreases with speed? [duplicate]

Whilst thinking of a trick where a magician pulls a tablecloth directly from under a full set dinner (a classic) I wondered why friction doesn't increase as speed does. I get that they use a pretty ...
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How to identify whether the friction is kinetic or static?

The body 'A' is moving forward with certain acceleration over the ground. The ground applies a kinetic friction force on 'A' in backward direction to oppose the relative motion. The block 'A' also ...
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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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Energy of a damped oscillator

$$ E=\frac{1}{2}m\left(\frac{dx}{dt}\right)^2+\frac{1}{2}m\omega_0^2x^2. $$ This is the equation for the energy of a oscillator. The second term is the potential energy. Now, my question is, will ...
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Shaking water inside bowl causes waves but why does the water stabilize?

Suppose you shake water inside a container, then at first the waves goes up and down strongly but they gradually dissipate. What makes them dissipate?
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Does anti-lock braking system (ABS) perform reverse rotation sometimes?

In cartoons we can see, how vehicles brake by rotating wheels reverse. Will this be helpful sometimes in real situations? I know that the main tactics of ABS is to maintain tractive contact. But may ...
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$\gamma$ in Newton's Second Law of Motion in Differential Form

I am teaching myself Differential Equations from a website. In the website I am up to Direction Fields and an example of a differential equation is Newton's Second Law of Motion. It is written on the ...
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Friction force and contact area [duplicate]

It's usually stated that the friction force is independent of the area of contact (Amontons' Second Law). I've always thought that this shouldn't be true, because the atraction between molecules ...
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Physics behind Water drops during falling from a tap

what is physics behind Water drops during falling from a tap. water drop animation A drop or droplet is a small column of liquid, bounded completely or almost completely by free surfaces. Why Water ...
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Is energy “destroyed” when walking?

Conservation of energy states energy can't be destroyed, but isn't energy used up when walking in a straight line? If your not walking up a slope, kinetic energy isn't converted to gravitational ...
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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 instability of dry friction

Based on Newton Dynamics, the kinetic force of friction of any moving object can be found by using formula, $$F_f = \mu_k F_N $$ This means that if $\mu_k$ and $\ F_N$ remains constant, the ...
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What Feynman meant in description of reversible machine and levers

In chapter four of the part one of the lectures, he mentions: (..) A machine that we actually use can be, in a sense, almost reversible: that is, if it will lift the weight of three by lowering ...
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How does friction affect the motion of a pendulum?

I would like to know what is the difference in the equation of motion of a pendulum in the presence or the absence of frictional forces. And how this translates to the solution of those equations?
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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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Compression vs. Friction - what happens when space objects enter earth's atmosphere

When reading about what happens when cosmic debris enters the earth's atmosphere, some sources say friction, others say compression. For example: On space.com it says: Meteor showers occur when ...
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If two very small and smooth particles collide at perfect right angles, is there friction?

If two perfectly round particles collide at perfect right angles, is there friction between them? If so, Is the friction in the form of heat (average kinetic motion), because if it is, where is this ...
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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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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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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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Is cause of this equilibrium - tension or friction?

This is a very odd problem which I have. As you can see in the diagram, the string is taut. So, if there was no friction you could clearly say that tension is balancing it or if there was no tension ...
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Is friction a function of surface area? What is the microscopic workings of friction?

I know the friction is given by the following equation $$\mu F_N=F_f$$ which tells me friction is independent of surface area, but how do I characterize it as such if I want to add surface area into ...
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Why friction force peak just before the object moving?

This diagram shows the amplitude of friction force of a typical contact-surface object. The friction force increases as we apply an internal force until it reach a maximum value just right before ...
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Some confusion pertaining to direction of static friction on stationary object

Consider a stationary object of mass $m$ on a horizontal table. Since the object does not move relative to table, $f_s=0$. So it seems that we first consider $mg$ and normal reaction force,$N$ ...
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Does a propeller being pushed through the air have more friction if free to spin?

I just passed a boat being pulled on a trailer and noticed the propeller spinning in the wind. I began considering the possibility that a propeller free to spin might cause less friction against the ...
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Why does solving $\mu mg = m \frac{v^2}{r}$ give the *max* possible velocity?

So here is the standard problem setup of a car turning on an unbanked road: A 1000 kg car is going around a curve with radius 30 meters. If the coefficient of friction between the car's tires ...
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How can static friction do work?

By definition, the work done by a force is $W = F\cdot d$, so how can static friction do work? Can this force move the body a distance of $75~\text{m}$?
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Running Euler's disk in a superfluid

I was considering the toy Euler's Disk, a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVl2CBG_h2s I was interested in understanding the behavior of the disk particularly in vacuum and in ...
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Can the weight of a bird be measured, considering air friction? [duplicate]

Assume that a bird of mass 1.5 kg is held in a box at height 500m and this setup is placed on a weighing machine. Now, the bird starts to hover in the box pushing the air downwards, and is at a ...
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Rate of Temperature Change due to Heat addition

I might be wrong but I will give a little background leading to my question. I am trying to calculate the heat generation in the advection-diffusion equation for heat generation due to friction by ...
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If mass is added to a toy car does it affect its speed making it faster

If mass is added to a toy car (29.7g) and dropped down a wooden ramp would it affect its speed making it go faster? I know friction comes in to play to, so if you could give me an answer or an ...
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What force counteracts friction when a block is pulled?

Firstly, I understand and apologize that this is more of a physics question than a math question. I noticed that when I pulled a book out from under a pack of gum, the gum stayed largely in place (it ...
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Clarification what exactly this question wants regarding force [closed]

I would like to ask you if the question asked What is the minimum force parallel to the plane, which can be prevent the block from slipping down the plane? I just did the calculation and and ...
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Mechanics question - ladder leaning against a wall

I am struggling with part a) of this question: Here is the solution: In part a) they prove that $F \leq \mu R$ is false for this system. So as $F$ is neither less than nor equal to $\mu R$ it ...
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Energy expended in moving point charge in E field. Having trouble understanding an excerpt from E&M textbook

To move charge from one point to another in an electric field, the force which we must apply is equal and opposite to the force due to the field. (Quoted from Engineering Electromagnetics by ...
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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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How long does it take for an electric car to go from 0 to 60 mph?

I found the freefall motion equation which describes terminal velocity of a falling body, but I can't find a similar equation for a vehicle subject to constant traction force, so I tried determining ...
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Direction of friction for object that rolls with slipping

Let's say you hit a cue ball with a pool stick that causes an impulse. If the pool stick hits the ball above the ball's center of mass, is the direction of friction different than if the pool stick ...
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Using Lagrange's Equations with Generalized forces

I am a bit confused on how this works. For instance if I wanted to look at an object moving in 2 dimensions only subject to gravity (and assuming that the potential is just mgy), I get that my ...
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Is the trajectory of the Moon around the Earth stable? [duplicate]

I understand how mathematically is possible to have one object with elliptical or circular orbit around another object in space. so can I think of it as a limit cycle? If yes, then is it stable or ...
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Finding max height of a mass launched by a spring?

I have the following problem on my homework. The actual problem has numbers, but I figure using symbolic notation will help me understand the concept in the long run. A block of mass $M$ is launched ...
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Newtons Cradle, Collision Theory

It has come to the point in my computing program now where I have 5 swinging pendulums that are all modified at once by slider values. These values are drawn onto the from and passed through the class ...