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TOPIC 2: FRICTION | PHYSICS FORM 3

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Concept of Friction
The Concept of Friction
Explain the concept for friction
Friction is the force which opposes (resists) motion of the body for example: If a block of wood is placed on a table it remains at rest Unless it is acted upon by an external force.
The applied force must exceed the maximum friction force between the block of wood and the table if the block is to be moved along the table.
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Friction force between two surface in contact exists only when there is relative motion between the two contacting surface.
The
friction between two surfaces exists because of the nature of the
surface of the bodies in contact. (Strictly speaking all surfaces are
rough because they are made up of peaks and valleys)
Demonstration
The
peak and valleys on the surfaces of bodies may be due to a random
arrangement of coarse particles, for example the surface of a gridding
stones.
Smooth surfaces exert almost no friction. What happens when two objects are pushed?
When
one body is pushed against another, the peaks of one surface have to
rise up over the peaks of the other surface. Hence opposition to motion
or friction occurs the force acting to restore the bodies to their
original position.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Friction in Daily Life
Realize the advantages and disadvantages of friction in daily life
Advantages of Friction
Thefriction force has several advantages which includes the following:
  1. It helps in walking process (because friction force stop us from slipping over).
  2. It
    helps cars to move onroads easily due to friction between car tyres and
    road (makesa car stay on road) NOTE: Most car tyres have deep dreads to
    increase friction between the tyres and the road surface.
  3. it
    helps in car braking system. Brakes rely on friction between the brake
    drum or pads and the wheels. In a bicycle, there are brake pads which
    clamp onto the wheel to slow it down.
Disadvantages of friction
Frictional force has several dis-advantages which includes the following:
  1. Cause machinery to heat up and can cause wear and tear.
  2. Cause machinery to be less efficient.
  3. Cause machinery to produce noise.
Methods of Reducing Friction
Describe methods of reducing friction
Thedifferent methods ofreducing friction between surfaces includes the following:
  1. Polishing:Polishing the surface, reduces the irregularities and hence, reduces friction.
  2. Lubrication:It provides a layer of the lubricant on which the bodies can easily slide.
  3. Use
    of ball-bearing or roller bearing:Roller bearing help to convert
    sliding friction into a milder form-rolling friction. Rolling friction
    is lesser than sliding friction.
  4. Streamlining:Fast cars, boats,
    planes etc., have a streamlined body. This is to allow air (or water in
    the case of boats) to easily flow by, without offering much resistance.
    Flying birds have streamlined bodies.
  5. Use of correct combination
    of surfaces in contact:Use of alloys on moving and sliding parts
    reduces friction because alloys have a low coefficient of friction.
Roller
  • It is a simple cylinder on which a body to be pulled RESTS.
  • It is used to eliminates sliding friction.
  • Conveyor belts use metal rollers.
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Wheels
  • These
    arerollers that are fixed to a moving body, held in place by cylinders
    or axles which are threaded in their centers. Example; a trailer towed
    by vehicle.
  • Wheels are used to eliminate sliding friction.
  • They
    are used to reduce friction (the friction between surfaces can be
    reduced by smoothing and polishing the surfaces in contact).
  • In
    order to make surfaces slippery, a lubricant such as oil or graphite is
    used. Oil and Grease are commonly used invehicles and machines to reduce
    friction between moving parts. In engines, differential air is also an
    effective lubricant in machine.

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