Concept Question about Resonance and Oscillations

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This may sound like a strange question...

I was walking away from my physics class today and I wondered if resonant vibrations were the reason my shoelaces become untied. I noticed that when I walk faster, and produce what I believe are more forced oscillations, they become untied more frequently.

If I am thinking about this correctly, does this mean that resonance can overcome friction?

In trying to understand physics better, I've been trying to relate new concepts to more simple ideas. If I am very off base, any recommendations would be welcome. Thanks!
 

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tiny-tim
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Hi Kraygar! Welcome to PF! :smile:

I'm sure that resonance can overcome friction …*but I don't think that's happening with your shoe-laces.

Unless your shoelaces are under tension (which, as soon as they become slightly loose, they can't be), what would be resonating?

Also, resonance depends fairly precisely on frequency … if your loosening just steadily increases with frequency, that's just because you're using extra force.

Have you tried walking at the same speed, but with more frequent footsteps? :smile:
 

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