(1) Introduction

  • We all know that what would happen if we slide a book kept along a horizontal table .Yes it would first sliding and then finally would come to rest
  • This force opposing continous motion of book on the table is called force of friction
  • Whenever surface of one object slides over another ,both the bodies exerts force of friction on each other
  • Here in this chapter,we will consider frictional forces acting between a pair of surfaces
  • Frictional force comes into action whenever two surfaces of two bodies comes in contact with each other(Both the bodies could be moving or rest).Both the bodies exert a force on each other which is basically E.M in nature and this force is a contact force
  • Magnitude of contact forces on two bodies are equal but they are opposite in direction
  • Contact forces also depend on the nature of the surfaces of the two bodies kept in contact,how both the bodies are moving and all the forces acting on them
  • Consider a block resting on the horizontal surface as shown below in the figure ,Now two bodies exert equal and opposite contact force on each other . Let Fc is the contact force both the bodies exert on each other
    Forces acting on the body resting in horizontal surface
  • Direction of the contact force acting on a body need not necessarily be perpendicular to the surface of contact
  • Contact force Fc can be resolved into two components.The component of Fc along the normal to the surface is called Normal
    contact force and component parallel to the surface is called friction (f) as shown in fig (b)
  • Friction is subdivided into two catagories namely
    1. Static Friction
    2. Kinetic Friction
    Static friction is experienced betweem the non moving surfaces i.e the bodies at rest and kinetic friction or dynamic friction is experienced between the moving surfaces or between the bodies in motion
  • We shall now discuss both the static and kinetic friction in details

(2) Static Friction

  • We already know that frictional forces can also act between the bodies in contact with each other even if they are not moving and such type frictional force is known as static friction
  • Consider a heavy metal block kept on the floor and you are trying very hard to push it to another location and you are not able to slide it even by a centimeter
  • Since the block is at rest resultant force on it should be zero.To counter balance the force applied by you ,floor exerts a frictional force on the block s
  • Now if you begin to increase the magnitude of force gradually then bloack does not start moving until force applied is greater then a minimum value of force
  • This force of static friction must be overcome by the applied force before the body at rest begin to move
  • Force of friction is always equal and opposite to the external applied force as long as the body is at rest
  • This means that static friction force is a self adjusting force.It adjust its value accordingly with the increase in magnitude of applied force
  • This frictional force cannot be unlimited and its value cannot go beyond a maximum value fms
  • This maximum value of static friction between the two surfaces in contact is known as limiting friction
  • Thus magnitude of static friction can not go beyond the magnitude of the limiting friction i.e, fs <= fms
  • This limiting friction is proportional to the normal contact force (N) between the bodies i.e,
    fms is proportional to N
    Where N =Normal contact force
    μs is the proportionality constant known as coefficent of static friction
  • Value of coefficent of static friction depends on the material and roughness of the surfaces of bodies in contact
  • fms is the maximum value that force of static friction acting between two bodies can reach
  • The actual force of static friction can be equal to zero or less then fms and its value depends on the force applied on the body thus
    fs <= fmssN

(3) Kinetic or dynamic friction

  • We already know that static frictional force exists between two surfaces in contact before there is relative motion between two surfaces
  • When applied force becomes greater then limiting friction force,then motion of the body starts and kinetic friction comes into existence
  • Thus when bodies in contact moves relative to each other then friction devloped between them is called kinetic or dynamic friction
  • Consider the figure below in which a block of mass m is kept over the surface S
    Friction forces acting on the object due to its motion
  • Initially the block is at rest,now we push the block on the surface such that it begins to move or start sliding on the surface
  • When the block is sliding over the surface each body exerts a frictional force on the other side parallel to the surface in contact
  • The force of friction acting on the block B due to surface S is along the direction opposite to the motion of B with respect to S.Thus force of kinectic friction opposes the relative motion between the bodies in motion
  • The frictional force acting on the block is along the direction towards the left and an equal force acts on the surface S directed towards the rights
  • Thus we can say that sliding friction on a body B against surface S is opposite to the velocity of the body B with respect to S
  • Force of kinetic friction is denoted by fk and its magnitude is always less then the magnitude of limting friction i.e maximum static friction
    i.e fk < fms
  • kinetic friction force is proportional to the normal contact force between the surfaces i.e
    fk is proportional to N
    => fkkN
    Where N =Normal contact force
    μk is the proportionality constant known as coefficent of kinetic friction and its value depends on the nature of the two surfaces in contact
  • fk < fms, this inequality shows that force required to start the motion is greater then the force required to maintail the further motion of the body

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