# Questions tagged [friction]

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

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### Maximum friction force for a wheel to be able to roll

The wheel with mass $M$ and radius $R$ below is free in space (it is not on the ground). A torque $\tau$ is applied to it through an engine. A horizontal force $F = \frac{\tau}{R}$ is also applied to ...
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### Is there any situation when oil increases friction?

I have read everywhere and tried myself to experience oil smoothening surface interfaces, thereby reducing friction. I was curious if there are instances where oil increases the friction between those ...
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### About the fluid friction along the wall in pipes

I wonder how can the friction between a fluid and a wall in a cylindrical pipe can be calculated. Is there any theory that I can refer to? I also want to check if there's any relation between the ...
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### The origin of normal reaction

I want to know what actually is the origin of normal reaction between 2 objects. i have read about normal reaction from several books which generally mention it as a component of contact force which ...
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### Calculate the time taken for a body to hit earth's surface [on hold]

Find the time taken for an iron cube of dimensions 0.1m × 0.1m × 0.1m, whose density is 7.85 g/cm³ to reach the earth's surface released from a height of 10m from earth's surface, provided gravity = 9....
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### What's the “cause” of damping coeff. in springs?

What's the "cause" of damping coeff. in springs? Air resistance, friction?
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### What force enables us to walk? Friction or normal reaction?

I know that this question has been asked here before, but I am a little bit confused with all the answers. So when we move, we apply force on the ground in the backward direction. So, is the ground ...
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### Basic question on friction

Consider the whole system initially at rest.Suppose there is friction between the blocks, but not between the lower block and the floor. Suppose I apply a Force F to the left over M, with F greater ...
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### What is the exact role of friction in rolling without slipping?

When an object rolls along a plane, we say that for the object to roll without slipping, the velocity of the center of mass must be equal to angular velocity times radius, so that at the point of ...
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### What helps us carry things around? [closed]

Say I move from point A to point B. I carry an apple in my hand. What causes the apple to move from point A to B? In other words, what force is responsible for keeping the apple stuck to my hand and ...
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### Physical interpretation of time constancy in damped harmonic oscillator

I know that one can mathematically derive and prove that in a damped oscillator (without external driving) the time period of oscillations is a constant. But how can one physically interpret as to why ...
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### When you have engine at idle and turn your car, where does the kinetic energy go?

When you turn the front wheels to the right for example, your car will tend to continue in its original forward direction. However, there is friction between the wheel and the ground that prevents it ...
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### Drifting vs. rolling when starting race

Imagine you are about to start a car race. You are on the grid, waiting for the green light. What should you do in order to optimize your start? Some people would say that a drift start would be the ...
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### Effect of steering a car at high speed

I take it the angle of the steering wheel in a car is roughly proportional to the curvature, and therefore inversely proportional to the turning radius. When I am driving slowly and want to turn the ...
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### Confusion about work done by a force in different reference frames

Suppose I have a little mass m resting on a big slab mass M resting on a table. There is a frictional force between the little mass and the slab, but not between the slab and the table. Suppose I now ...
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### Effect of forces inside a sphere

What would be the effect of applying two parallel forces of the same value at opposite points of the equator inside a sphere? Common sense tells me that it wouldn't move, but it seems that it could ...
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### Frictions in a slowing car

When you apply the brakes to a car and it slows down, there are two kinds of friction and I am getting confused. On the one hand, there is friction between tyres and road. This friction a) Is the ...
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### Is kinetic friction still constant at the transition from static to kinetic friction?

I'm looking at this graph from here: The answer providing the above graph explains how kinetic friction is constant. However, the graph tells me that after static friction is overcome, there is a ...
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### Extension of the Capstan Equation

The Capstan Equation relates the holding force and the load force for a string wrapped around a cylinder. However, most people who work with heavy machinery know that if you wrap a rope around a post ...
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### Is the “efficiency” of car brake affected by how much force is applied by the brake?

Someone argues with me that stepping on a car's brakes for long periods of time will wear out the brakes faster than applying the brakes for short periods of time. We were talking about stepping on ...