Frictionless Surface: Is It Possible?

In summary, friction is caused by electromagnetic interactions between atoms of two objects and it is impossible to have a perfectly frictionless surface due to impurities and environmental factors. The concept of a frictionless surface is purely theoretical and not achievable in reality.
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Is there anything that stops the formation of a perfectly frictionless surface? There isn't even enough to type to make a second sentence here.
 
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A perfectly frictionless surface is an invented concept. So the answer is that 'everything' stops a surface from being frictionless.
 
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He was asking specifically what causes friction.
 
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Isn't a maglev train-track frictionless (if you ignore air resistance)?

And how about something using a superconductor?
 
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tiny-tim said:
Isn't a maglev train-track frictionless (if you ignore air resistance)?

It is, but I don't know if you can really call it a surface as the train isn't touching the track.

Defennnder said:
He was asking specifically what causes friction.

Basically friction is caused by electromagnetic interactions between the atoms of the two objects.

I quess that in theory, you could have two objects that consist of atoms which have the same electric charge. In that case they should repel each other, thus leading to a frictionless surface (but even in that case only between the two objects). This ofcourse is an ideal situation. In reality, the two objects always have some level of impurity which leads to more or less friction. Even if you could create a pure surface, it would instantly react with oxygen in the air. So in theory it's possible, but in reality it isn't.
 
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You guys basically answered my question thanks.
 

Related to Frictionless Surface: Is It Possible?

1. What is a frictionless surface?

A frictionless surface is a theoretical surface that has no resistance to motion when an object is placed on it. This means that there is no force acting in the opposite direction of the object's motion, allowing it to move without any hindrance.

2. Is a frictionless surface possible in reality?

No, a completely frictionless surface is not possible in reality. All surfaces have some degree of roughness and imperfections, which will cause some amount of friction when an object moves across it.

3. What are the benefits of a frictionless surface?

A frictionless surface would eliminate the need for lubricants and reduce wear and tear on moving parts, making it ideal for machines and mechanisms. It could also increase efficiency and reduce energy consumption in transportation systems.

4. What are the challenges in creating a frictionless surface?

Creating a completely frictionless surface is a difficult task as it would require eliminating all sources of friction, such as surface imperfections, air resistance, and molecular interactions. It would also require constant maintenance to prevent any buildup of friction-causing substances.

5. Are there any real-life examples of frictionless surfaces?

While a completely frictionless surface does not exist, there are some materials that have extremely low friction coefficients, such as Teflon and graphite. These materials are used in applications where low friction is desired, such as non-stick cookware and lubricants for machines.

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