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A Modern but Simple Approach to Teaching Friction

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dc.contributor.author Patel, Sarosh
dc.contributor.author Joshi, Manan
dc.contributor.author Hmurcik, Lawrence V.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-22T15:12:03Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-22T15:12:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008-03-28
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/1469
dc.description © ASEE 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract We present an experiment for measuring friction, using interleaved sheets of paper. Our results support the modern theory that friction is dependent on surface contact area (A). Also, our results support the classical theory of friction being proportional to the normal force (N), but this is only true over a limited range of N, where the “effective” area of contact increases in a manner proportional to N. Outside of this range, friction varies nonlinearly with N but linearly with A. Suggestions are made for extending the function of this experiment to measure the friction of other materials. Also, we present techniques to limit the nonlinear behavior of N and to eliminate several key sources of experimental error. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher ASEE en_US
dc.subject Engineering education en_US
dc.subject Friction en_US
dc.title A Modern but Simple Approach to Teaching Friction en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.event.location United State Military Academy, West Point, NY en_US
dc.event.name ASEE Zone I Conference 2008 en_US


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