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Homework Help: Which forces does work as a car brakes?

  1. Mar 22, 2010 #1
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  3. Mar 22, 2010 #2

    rock.freak667

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    yes the normal force does no work

    But the frictional force is opposing motion (anti-parallel to the motion), so it must do work to slow the mass down.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2010 #3
    When a car brakes, isn't it in motion and using kinetic friction to stop, and not static friction?
    Static friction causes rolling motion in wheels, but there is no rolling motion so it skids. So shouldn't kinetic friction do work and not static? I'm a bit confused on the two concept.
     
  5. Mar 22, 2010 #4

    rock.freak667

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    Had the car been stationary, static friction would be acting, but the car in motion, so kinetic friction is doing work. There is relative motion between the wheels and the ground.
     
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