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Multi-Body Friction

  1. Oct 28, 2013 #1
    How does friction work between two objects that are both accelerating at different accelerations?
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  3. Oct 28, 2013 #2


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    I think you are going to need to explain your question in more detail - and provide an attempt to answer it yourself.
  4. Oct 28, 2013 #3
    It's a conceptual question.
    For example, if B is on A (each has mass), and A is on a surface with no friction, then as A accelerates, how would friction work between A and B?
    My guess is this: When A accelerates, initially B will accelerate with it as a single body system. However, if the force exerted on A is greater than the force of static friction between A and B, then B will begin accelerating in the opposite direction of the force accelerating A. The force accelerating B is the kinetic friction between A and B.
    If the force on A is released, though, will the friction between A and B accelerate A in the opposite direction? And how will this affect the acceleration of B?
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