# Homework Help: Friction questions

1. Jan 3, 2008

### desichick07

I am having trouble with two concept questions.

We did a lab measuring static and dynamic friction for cardboard, rubber, sandpaper, and cork with a wood block.
Calculations show that the coefficient of static friction is always greater that that of kinetic friction.

The questions are:
a) How do the coeffients of static and kinetic frictions compare? Explain.
My answer was that the coeff. of static friction is always greater, reason being that it takes a greater force to get an object to start moving from rest (acceleration), which is when static f. was measured, versus just keeping an object moving (a = 0).

b) Do "smoother" surfaces always have less friction than "rougher" ones?
Ans: No, because it depends on the other surface they are interacting with??

I have tried to answer them, but if someone could just check and point out what is wrong I would appreciate it. I think i got the first question right but i'm pretty sure the second one is wrong.I really don't know how to answer b.
What are the concepts behind the second one? Because i truly don't even know where to start with that.

2. Jan 3, 2008

### Dick

You must have learned from the lab, right? A rough surface can have a smaller coefficient of friction than a smooth one. The ultimate source of friction is adhesion between groups of molecules and a smooth surface can put a lot more molecules in close proximity than a rough one. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, but to say ALWAYS is just plain wrong. Your answer is right.