Worksheet: Kinetic Friction

In this worksheet, we will practice relating forces perpendicular to a surface, kinetic friction coefficients of surfaces, and kinetic frictional forces.

Q1:

A car of mass 1,000.0 kg is traveling along a level road at 100.0 km/h when its brakes are applied. Calculate the stopping distance if the coefficient of kinetic friction of the tires is 0.500. Neglect air resistance.

Q2:

A recycling bin has mass 3.0 kg and is pushed upward along an incline angled at 40.0 above the horizontal. The bin moves with constant speed under the action of a 26 N force acting upward along the incline. The surface of the incline produces a frictional force that resists the motion of the bin. What magnitude force must act up and parallel to the incline for the bin to move downward along the incline at constant speed?

Q3:

A crate having mass 50.0 kg falls horizontally off the back of the flatbed truck, which is traveling at 100 km/h. Find the value of the coefficient of kinetic friction between the road and crate if the crate slides 50.0 m on the road in coming to rest. The initial speed of the crate is the same as the truck, 100 km/h.

Q4:

Two blocks connected by a string are pulled across a horizontal surface by a force applied to one of the blocks, as shown below. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the blocks and the surface is 0.25. If each block has an acceleration of 2.0 m/s2 to the right, what is the magnitude 𝐹 of the applied force?

Q5:

A child with a mass of 9.8 kg slides at constant speed downward along an incline that is aligned 29 below the horizontal. What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the child and the slide?

Q6:

A hockey puck at rest is hit. After being hit, the puck is shot across an ice-covered pond at a speed of 40 m/s. The puck comes to rest after moving a distance of 30 m across the ice. Find the magnitude of the average friction force on the puck.

Q7:

A machine at a post office sends box-shaped packages out of a chute and down a waxed wood-surfaced ramp that has a coefficient of friction 0.100 with the packages. Air resistance is negligible in this situation.

Calculate the acceleration of a package heading down a 10.0 slope.

Find the angle of the slope down which a package could move at a constant velocity.

Q8:

A contestant in a winter sporting event pulls a 45.0 kg mass block of ice across a frozen lake with a rope over his shoulder. The rope makes a 25.0 angle above the horizontal.

Calculate the magnitude of the minimum force that the contestant must exert to start the block moving. The coefficient of static friction between the ice block and the frozen lake is 0.100.

Calculate the magnitude of the block’s acceleration once it starts to move, assuming that the force needed to start the block moving is maintained. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the ice block and the frozen lake is 0.0300.

Q9:

A box of mass 12.4 kilograms slides from rest downward along a ramp of length 1.58 meters that is inclined at 23.3 below the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the box and ramp is 0.0346.

What is the magnitude of the box’s acceleration?

What is the speed of the box at the bottom of the ramp?

Q10:

A mechanic tries to insert a dry steel piston into a steel cylinder. Cylinder and piston are both horizontally aligned. A force of 1.76×10 N is required to insert the piston.

What normal force was exerted on the piston when it was inserted? Use 0.300 for the value of the coefficient of kinetic friction of the piston and the cylinder.

The mechanic inserts an identical piston into an identical cylinder, but this time he oils the piston first. The oiled piston and cylinder have a coefficient of kinetic friction of 0.0300. What magnitude force does the mechanic need to apply while inserting the piston?

Q11:

Block 2 slides along a frictionless table as block 1 falls, as shown. Both blocks are attached by a frictionless pulley. Assume that both blocks start at rest and that the pulley has negligible mass. The mass of Block 1 is 𝑚=2.0kg and the mass of Block 2 is 𝑚=4.0kg. Find the speed of the blocks after they have each moved 2.0 m.

Q12:

A sled starts moving from rest at the top of a snow-covered slope that is inclined at 29 angle below the horizontal. After sliding 63 m downward along the slope, the sled’s speed is 8.7 m/s. Calculate the coefficient of kinetic friction between the runners of the sled and the slope’s snowy surface.

Q13:

A student is moving a minifridge that has a mass of 27 kg. The minifridge slides at constant speed downward along a slope that is inclined at 18 below the horizontal. While the minifridge slides down the slope, the student is pushing it with a force of 22 N acting parallel to the slope in the opposite direction to the fridge’s motion. What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the minifridge and the surface of the slope?

Q14:

A sled plus its passenger has a total mass of 42 kg. The sled is pulled across 26 m of snow at constant velocity by a force applied at an angle 19 above the horizontal. The coefficient of friction between the sled and the snow is 0.16. Assume that the direction of the sled’s motion corresponds to positive displacement.

How much work does the applied force do on the sled?

How much work is done on the sled by friction?

Q15:

A steel crate with a mass of 145 kg rests on ice. There is a coefficient of static friction of 0.400 between the steel and the ice.

What is the maximum horizontal force that can be exerted on the crate without moving the crate?

The crate is pushed with a force that exceeds by a negligible amount the maximum force that can be exerted without moving the crate. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the steel and the ice is 0.0200. What magnitude of acceleration of the crate does this force produce?

Q16:

A horizontal force is applied to move a box of mass 5.00 kg a distance of 10.0 cm along a horizontal surface that has a coefficient of kinetic friction of 𝜇=0.500 with the box.

Find the work done on the box by the applied horizontal force during the box’s motion.

Find the work done on the box by the frictional force during the box’s motion.

Find the magnitude of the net force that acts on the box during its motion.

Q17:

A sled plus passenger have a total mass of 50.0 kg. The sled is pushed a distance of 20.0 m in the positive 𝑥-direction across the snow at constant velocity by a force that is directed 30.0 below the horizontal.

Calculate the work done on the sled by the applied force.

Calculate the work done on the sled by the force of friction.

Calculate the total work done on the sled over the 20 m distance.

Q18:

A block is given a short push and then it slides with constant friction across a horizontal floor. Which statement best explains the direction of the force that friction applies on the moving block?

  • AFriction will be in the same direction as the block’s motion because molecular interactions between the block and the floor will deform the block in the direction of its motion.
  • BFriction will be in the opposite direction to the block’s motion because molecular interactions between the block and the floor will deform the block in the opposite direction to its motion.
  • CFriction will be in the opposite direction to the block’s motion because thermal energy generated at the interface between the block and the floor converts some of the block’s kinetic energy to potential energy.
  • DFriction will be in the same direction as the block’s motion because thermal energy generated at the interface between the block and the floor adds kinetic energy to the block.

Q19:

A 3.00 kg block slides down a ramp which is at an incline of 35.0. The friction force between the block and the ramp is 5.20 N.

What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the ramp?

At what incline will the box slide at a constant velocity?

Q20:

A skier skies downward along a slope inclined at 12.0 below the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between her skis and the snow is 0.100.

Calculate the acceleration of the skier heading down the hill.

Find the angle of the slope down which this skier could coast at a constant velocity. Ignore air resistance.

Q21:

A physics major is cooking breakfast when he notices that the frictional force between his steel spatula and his Teflon frying pan is only 0.200 N. If the coefficient of kinetic friction between steel and Teflon is 0.04, what is the normal force between the spatula and the pan?

Q22:

A nurse pushes a cart by exerting a force on the handle at a downward angle of 30.0 below the horizontal. The loaded cart has a mass of 25.0 kg, and the force of friction is 140.0 N. What magnitude of force must the nurse exert to move at a constant velocity?

Q23:

A block of mass 1.0 kg is at rest on a horizontal surface. The coefficient of static friction between the block and the surface is 0.50 and the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the surface is 0.40. A small force F is applied to the block, which is steadily increased until the block starts to move along the surface when F reaches the value Fmin.

What is the magnitude of Fmin?

When Fmin is applied to the block, what is the magnitude of the block’s acceleration?

Q24:

A skier with a mass of 62 kg is sliding at a constant speed downward along a snow-covered slope that is aligned at 25 below the horizontal, producing a friction force of 45 N in the opposite direction to the motion. What is the coefficient of kinetic friction between the skis and the snow?

Q25:

A snowboarder slides downward along a snow-covered slope inclined at 13 below the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the snowboard and the slope is 0.20.

What is the magnitude of the snowboarder’s acceleration along the slope?

The gradient of the slope that the snowboarder slides along changes to 10 below the horizontal. By how much is the magnitude of the acceleration of the snowboarder along the slope reduced?

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