Rolling friction on a horizontal surface

In summary, rolling friction is only needed at the start to initiate the rolling motion and once the push is removed, the only forces acting on the rod are its weight and normal contact force. This means that the rod can continue rolling indefinitely at a constant velocity and angular velocity, as long as the plane is replaced with a frictionless one after rolling begins.
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Suppose a cylindrical rod is given a push such that it rolls without slipping on a horizontal plane. Am I right to say that rolling friction is only required at the start when the push is applied to initiate the rolling motion? Once the push is removed, the only forces acting on the rod are its weight and normal contact force? So the rod could continue rolling indefinitely at the same velocity ##v## and the same angular velocity ##\omega## without slipping (with ##v=r\omega##) if the plane is replaced by a frictionless one after rolling begins?
 
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What is rolling friction?

Rolling friction is the force that resists the motion of a rolling object on a horizontal surface. It occurs due to the deformation of the object and the surface it's rolling on, as well as other factors such as surface roughness and temperature.

How is rolling friction different from sliding friction?

Rolling friction is different from sliding friction in that it only occurs when an object is rolling, while sliding friction occurs when an object is sliding or moving without rolling. Rolling friction also tends to be smaller than sliding friction, making it easier for objects to roll than to slide.

What factors affect rolling friction?

The factors that affect rolling friction include the weight and shape of the rolling object, the roughness and surface material of the surface it's rolling on, the speed of the rolling, and the temperature of the object and surface.

How can rolling friction be reduced?

Rolling friction can be reduced by using smoother and harder surfaces, reducing the weight of the rolling object, using lubricants, and maintaining a constant speed while rolling. Proper maintenance and cleaning of surfaces can also help reduce rolling friction.

Does rolling friction have any practical applications?

Yes, rolling friction has many practical applications. It is utilized in the design of wheels and tires for transportation, such as cars, bicycles, and skateboards. It is also used in industrial settings for moving heavy loads and in sports equipment, such as balls and roller skates.

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