# Simple Coefficient of Friction Question

## Homework Statement

A ring on a rod of weight 8 N. A 7 N force at an angle of 45 degrees to the rod is acting away from the ring. The system is in limiting equilibrium. Find the coefficent of friction between the rod and the ring.

Quite obvious.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Could someone explain to me as to why the correct solution is 1.62 and not 0.62? If the former is the case doesn't the COF change everytime a different force is applied?

## Answers and Replies

PhanthomJay
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May we have a picture please? Or a better description of the problem? 1.6 is an unusually high friction coefficient, which is independent of the loading. But I don't understand the problem.

A ring of weight 8 Newtons is threaded on a rod. An external force of 7 Newtons is acting at an angle of 45 degrees from the horizontal on the ring and is trying to pull it to the right. The system is in limiting equilibrium. The first part asks us to show that the normal contact force exerted by the rod on the ring is 3.05 N which can easily be found by subtracting the vertical component (7sin45) of the external force from the weight (8 N). Then in the next part it asks us to find the COF.

My solution was to first find the maximum value of Friction by equating the Horizontal component of the external force (7cos45) with friction since the system is in limiting equilibrium. The problem comes when using F = mew x R. I used the R when an external force is not being applied (8 N) and divided 7cos45 by it to find 0.62. But most other people who took the exam divided it by the R found in the previous part (3.05) to find 1.62 as the COF. I wanna know which method is correct and why.

PhanthomJay
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At limiting equilibrium, the ring is just on the verge of moving, so the static friction force must equal the horizontal component of the applied force, and be at its maximum value, F_f = uN, where N is the normal contact force between the rod and ring. So if F_f = 7 cos 45, and N = 3.05, then u= 1.6 . You can't use N = 8 if N is actually 3.05.

Ohhhh I get it now. So when calculating Mu, we always take the value of N when the system is in limiting equilibrium. Is that correct?

PhanthomJay