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Homework Help: Normal and tangential forces on a cylinder

  1. Jan 26, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The walls are smooth, calculate the reactions. the cylinder weighs 100[N].
    Now the 600 wall is rough with a friction coefficient 0.4. what are the reactions

    2. Relevant equations
    Friction: F=μN

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I made the first step and it was good: N1=287.9, N2=253.2
    But with friction there is another force, tangential, but the results in the book are the same.

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  3. Jan 27, 2015 #2
    You got the first one correct? Because I'm getting different answers.

    As for the second part, what I think, is that the cylinder is stationary, in equilibrium. There is no resultant force on it. So which direction will you consider the friction to act in?
  4. Jan 27, 2015 #3


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    I agree with Karol's answers.
    If the cylinder is in equilibrium when there is no friction, and then the only change that is made is that a coefficient of friction is added, then why would a force of friction act?

    For the case of static friction, that is only the maximum, not the applied force.
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  5. Jan 27, 2015 #4
    Ok I'll check the first part again.
  6. Jan 27, 2015 #5
    I may agree if μ is added later. but the forces can arrange themselves differently (only magnitudes) to accommodate the changes.
    Maybe because there is no relative movement without the friction force anyway it isn't created.
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  7. Jan 27, 2015 #6
    See the image I've uploaded. The surface is rough and has a coeffecient of friction 'μ'. A force 'F' pushes the block towards the right side but its motion is hindered by the wall. Now even though a force of friction would act on the block, in this case it won't as the system is in equilibrium. There is no scope for the block to move.

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  8. Jan 27, 2015 #7


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    More accurately, it would be because there is no tendency to move.
    However, the question is not really correct. While there need not be a frictional force, there could be one. You could find a solution to the equations in which the walls exert a greater normal force and, to balance that, a small frictional force. In the real world, this corresponds to the cylinder being jammed in.
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