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Friction and gravity

  1. Jun 25, 2013 #1
    What is the relation between friction and gravity?Is friction independent of gravity?
     
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  3. Jun 25, 2013 #2
    Would you please make the statement more clear? If the question is involving high school physics problems, I would say that [itex]\text{friction is proportional to pressure not gravity, given a certain coefficient of friction} \; \mu.[/itex]
     
  4. Jun 25, 2013 #3

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    Friction is pretty complicated. Several assumptions are usually made to try and simplify it. For example..

    Friction is independent of velocity
    Friction is independent of surface area
    Friction is proportional to the normal reaction force (eg weight)

    The normal force is the mass * acceleration due to gravity so in short yes, the max friction force depends on gravity.

    EDIT: Astronauts using a treadmill in space have to be pulled down onto it using springs/elastic.
     
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  5. Jun 25, 2013 #4

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  6. Jun 25, 2013 #5
    thanks

    thanks for all your replies.You are helping me a lot.
     
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