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

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Is it possible to eliminate Van der Waals interactions?

I came to know that the friction force actually depends on the surface contact area due to weak interactions (adhesion due to Van der Waals forces) between the atoms of both materials increasing in ...
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Best inflation pressure of car tire in the rain- higher, same, lower than normal?

If I am driving a car in the rain, and want to increase the available traction, should I: Increase pressure in the tires Decrease pressure Leave the pressure set to optimum dry pressure Increase or ...
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Why friction increases with increase in normal force? [duplicate]

Why is friction dependent on normal force and not the actual weight? I have also read that friction is horizontal component of contact force. Is this true?
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Is work done in rolling friction?

I am confused by rolling friction. Suppose you have a cylinder rolling which starts at rest at the top of an incline plane and begins to roll down the plane without slipping. Is work done by the ...
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Sliding ruler on table top

I've got a standard foot-long flat plastic ruler (about an inch wide) and a desk with a smooth formica-like surface. When idly passing time reading on the computer, I will pick up one side of the ...
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On the work done by friction

The work done by friction is often calculated just as we would with any force. If we give a block of mass $m$ a velocity $v$ on a rough surface and it comes to rest after traversing a distance $x$, ...
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Force acting on a wheel of a two-wheeled self balancing bot

Proceeding further with my work on a self-balancing bot as posted here: http://bit.ly/1FfI6LK I've gotten stuck at the following equation: n = Gear ratio $K_t$ = DC motor torque constant $i_l$ = DC ...
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If I shoot a hockey puck on ice, is the force of me shooting it applied throughout its travel, or is it a one time force?

For example, if I take a slap shot on a hockey puck, from what I understand, the forces acting on the puck are friction, the normal force, and the puck's weight. And, since I'm not constantly either ...
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How to mute Sliding Friction

I solve rubik's cubes and do it a lot. However, a lot of people around me get annoyed when I do it because it gets really scratchy when I go fast. I know this is because of the sliding friction ...
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Condition for sliding of two blocks placed one over another and connected by spring

A constant force F is applied to smaller mass till M slides. The spring constant is k. Now it is asked to find k. I'm confused with the condition at which the block will start sliding. Can ...
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Static friction and Kinetic friction

I can't seem to find this anywhere on the internet or on stack... Sadly. Very basic question: I have a block that is on a surface. The coefficient of static friction between the two is $0.3$, ...
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Maximum angle for highway lane change

I am preparing to fight a traffic ticket from a speed camera. There is a lot more to that story, but the info I need right now involves the angle at which a car can change lanes, in terms of vehicle ...
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Coefficient of friction on a loop-the-loop!

Here is a question that I thought of while doing a physics lab in class. We dropped a marble from a certain height down a ramp and around loop-the-loop and let it fly off of a table and then we were ...
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Is it possible to formulate a Hamiltonian for a damped system?

I recently found out that it is possible to formulate a Hamiltonian for a system with time-dependent coordinates such that the Hamiltonian is not the same as the energy When is the Hamiltonian of a ...
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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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Why does a tire produce more traction when sliding slightly?

It is well known in racing that driving the car on the ideal "slip angle" of the tire where it is crabbing slightly from the pointed direction produces more cornering speed than a lower slip angle or ...
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Question on normal force and static friction [closed]

Why is this statement false: If the normal force on an object increases, the static friction must increase? Thank you! Is it because they did not state what normal force is referring to?
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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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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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Rolling a ball into a cone; what should the forces overall be?

This is my solution to finding angular displacement/velocity/acceleration on cone so far. Consider a cone, with an apex of half-angle $\psi$ pointing down, and a height of $h$. If I roll a ball into ...
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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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Friction force in rolling motion

In rolling without slipping motion we know that the friction acting is static friction and so we treat it as an unknown while solving equations of dynamics. Question: Is the static friction during ...
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Does a car use friction to move?

When a car's engine injects fuel into the cylinder chambers, the reaction creates a force that generates rotational momentum to the shaft and over the transmission, it translates that power to the ...
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Would a three wheeled vehicle be faster than a four wheeled vehicle of the same weight?

If I have a four wheeled vehicle (small wooden block with metal nail axles and plastic wheels) and apply a force X to it, would it be made faster by keeping one wheel off the ground in order to reduce ...
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Why do you hear an acute sound when you rub your shoe on the floor?

Sorry for the silly question, but I've been wondering about this for quite some time. After raining when I get home I rub my shoe's wet outsole on the floor and I hear an extremely acute (high pitch) ...
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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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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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Frictional Force on kinetic static friction

I'm having difficulty with the frictional problem that asked me whether or not a box will slipped off another box. An example problem I'm having difficulty with is : The pulley system below is ...
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Can the coefficient of friction be derived from fundamentals?

It is common to want to derive macroscopic laws from what we know microscopically - after all, given a (correct) microscopic description, everything larger should follow. Has it ever been done to ...
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Block Sliding Down a Plane (Perpendicular Velocity)

I'm having trouble understand the concepts for this problem. Here's the problem: A block is placed on a plane inclined at angle $\theta$. The coefficient of friction between the block and the ...
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A Question on Friction [closed]

And yes, this is not a homework thing.Here's my working.
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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Walking and Friction

If walking is a result of the reaction to a kick backwards to the ground (reaction being friction), it appears that it should be true that the kick will have to be less than the kinetic friction ...
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Why, in a car taking a sloped curve, friction is perpendicular to the car

In solving the problem we usually use the friction as the centripetal force, but I could never understood how is this possible. I understand that if a car is making a circular motion, some centripetal ...
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Drag coefficient of a rectangular prism

How do you find the drag coefficient, specifically for a rectangular prism-shaped body? What other factors must be taken into consideration when calculating this value?
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Why does the mass of an object on a frictionless surface matter?

I'm given a physics problem about a climber hanging over a cliff and attached by rope to a rock on level, frictionless ice. The goal is to find the acceleration of the pair. After working out the net ...
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You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. Can you escape by inhaling in one direction, then exhaling in the opposite direction?

You are trapped on a frictionless sheet of ice. If you trued to escape by blowing, you would have to inhale eventually, which would counteract the force you gained by blowing. However, if you were to ...
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Which of these two forces is stronger: static friction or kinetic friction? [duplicate]

Which of these two forces is stronger: The force of static friction or the force of kinetic friction? I am having a hard time understanding this concept of friction, so please explain your answer!
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The behaviour that saves more energy/ petrol when driving down-up-hill [closed]

This question is in a way a follow-up of this one: Can a car get better mileage driving over hills?, it is similar to that, is no engineering question and is in no way a homework problem, I'd like you ...
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Does a truck stop faster if the stack on the back of truck is stable or if it moves forward?

My question in the title might not be very descriptive so I am re-writing it here: If there is a truck in motion and it has stack of hay (lets suppose) on the back. Now if the truck comes to a sudden ...
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Analysis of a card pyramid

Here's an interesting question I thought of. Firstly, picture one of those card pyramids. Hopefully you know what I'm taking about when I say card pyramid, but basically you balance two cards up ...
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Inclined plane, circular motion and the friction

Suppose we have a cylinder on an inclined plane of mass $m$ and radius $R$ moving without sliding (so that $\varepsilon = a/R$). Why is the friction $F$ causing the circular motion sometimes lower ...
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Why does friction act on a cylinder rolling on an inclined?

When a cylinder performs pure rolling while on an inclined plane, Why does friction act on the bottom point? In pure rolling the bottom most point is at rest, so there is no sliding over ...
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Would this box on the floor rotate based on friction?

There is a floor that friction is proportional to its velocity (like $F=-kv$) and there is a box with its width as $l$ and its height as $h$. (you may assume that $l$ is longer than $h$). It is on the ...
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Free body driagram of box and plate with a friction force on a smooth surface

On a smooth surface we have a plate of 40 kg and on that plate a a box of 10 kg. Between the plate and the box there is a ...
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Work done by frictional force on a sliding block

A block slides across a table horizontally with an initial velocity $V$. The frictional force $F$ brings it to rest after its Centre of Mass covers distance $S$. What is the work done by the ...
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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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How does friction product heat?

Suppose there are two similar particle-like objects attempting to "bump" against each other to create friction, they are prevented from colliding against one another due to either electrostatic ...
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Why doesn't a magnet on a refrigerator slide down?

Obviously gravity pulls objects towards the earth's surface. Now suppose I have a refrigerator and a magnet. The magnetic force is perpendicular to the gravitational force. So it is not counteracting ...
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Speed, weight and force [closed]

If a road roller of weight $W$ is rolling on the road at the speed of $X\,\mathrm{kmph}$, how much force does it apply on the surface of the road (considering a sampled surface of the same size as ...