Friction stopping problem

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In summary, the friction stopping problem refers to the challenge of stopping an object in motion due to the resistance or force of friction acting against it. Friction is a force that opposes motion and can make it more difficult to stop an object. To solve this problem, it is important to reduce the amount of friction by using materials with lower coefficients, applying lubricants, or reducing the weight of the object. Everyday examples of this problem include braking a car or a ball rolling to a stop on a rough surface. The coefficient of friction plays a crucial role in the friction stopping problem, as a higher coefficient means there is more resistance to motion, making it harder to stop an object.
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Homework Statement



A crate is sitting on the back of a truck at 20 m/s with a μ of 0.4. With what acceleration can the truck stop without having the crate slide?


Homework Equations



I'm not sure if I am supposed to use this equation:

a = μ(9.8)


The Attempt at a Solution



a = 0.4(9.8) = 3.92 m/s^2.
 
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That is correct, nice job.
 
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So is the 20 m/s not needed?
 
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That is correct. You are only asked for acceleration (or deceleration in this case), so initial velocity doesn't come into play.
 

1. What is the "friction stopping problem"?

The friction stopping problem refers to the challenge of stopping an object in motion due to the resistance or force of friction acting against it.

2. How does friction affect the stopping of an object?

Friction is a force that opposes motion and it can make it more difficult to stop an object in motion. The amount of friction depends on factors such as the surface material and the weight of the object.

3. How can the friction stopping problem be solved?

To solve the friction stopping problem, it is important to reduce the amount of friction acting on the object. This can be achieved by using materials with lower friction coefficients, applying lubricants, or reducing the weight of the object.

4. What are some real-life examples of the friction stopping problem?

Examples of the friction stopping problem can be seen in everyday life, such as when a car needs to brake to come to a stop or when a ball rolls to a stop on a rough surface.

5. How does the coefficient of friction affect the friction stopping problem?

The coefficient of friction is a measure of the amount of friction between two surfaces. A higher coefficient of friction means there is more resistance to motion, making it more difficult to stop an object. Therefore, a lower coefficient of friction can help to solve the friction stopping problem.

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