Frictional forces on blocks

In summary, the blocks shown have equal mass and velocity, and the total frictional force on the blocks is the same in A, B, and C. The only difference between B and C is the arrangement of the masses, but this does not affect the frictional force.
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The blocks shown have equal mass and are made of the same material,and the velocity is the same in each figure. The total frictional force on the blocks are

A. Greater in C than in A or B
B. The same in C and A
C. The same in A,B, C
D. The same in A and B
E. The same in C and B.

Isnt the fictional force the same for all B and C since the only difference between them is that in B the two masses are on top of one another and being pulled be a string, and in C the two masses are beside each other and attached to the same string, which is being pulled?
 

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StephenDoty said:
Isnt the fictional force the same for all B and C since the only difference between them is that in B the two masses are on top of one another and being pulled be a string, and in C the two masses are beside each other and attached to the same string, which is being pulled?
Right.
 
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C. The same in A, B, and C.

The frictional force on the blocks will be the same in all three scenarios because the mass and material of the blocks are equal, and the velocity is also the same. Frictional force is dependent on these factors, as well as the surface area and roughness of the blocks, which are not specified in the question. Therefore, we can assume that the frictional force will be the same in all three scenarios.
 

1. What is frictional force?

Frictional force is a resistive force that occurs when two surfaces are in contact and moving relative to each other. It opposes the motion of the objects and is caused by microscopic irregularities on the surfaces.

2. How is frictional force measured?

Frictional force is typically measured using a device called a friction force sensor. This sensor measures the force required to move an object across a surface at a constant velocity.

3. What factors affect the magnitude of frictional force?

The magnitude of frictional force is affected by the type of surfaces in contact, the force pushing the surfaces together, and the roughness of the surfaces. It also depends on the presence of any lubricants or other substances between the surfaces.

4. How does frictional force impact the movement of objects?

Frictional force can either help or hinder the movement of objects. It can provide necessary traction for objects to move, such as a car's tires on the road. However, it can also slow down or stop the movement of objects, such as the brakes on a bike.

5. How can frictional force be reduced?

Frictional force can be reduced by using lubricants, such as oil or grease, between surfaces. Changing the type of materials used for the surfaces can also reduce friction, such as using smooth wheels on a car instead of rough ones. Additionally, reducing the weight or force pushing the surfaces together can also decrease frictional force.

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