Student Manual

Friction is an inevitable phenomenon. Without friction, it would be impossible to walk or drive
cars. However, friction is also the cause of energy loss and we would like to reduce it for higher
efficiency in machines. In this experiment, we will study the force of friction as an object is
stationary and in motion. We will calculate the coefficients of static and sliding friction using
video motion analysis.

Software Code Download
Sample Results Curve Fitting for Displcement
Experiment Code 5.2
Version 2017-1

Further Readings and References

  • Article 5.1-5.2 Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics , Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton 119-133 , (1993).

Assorted Photographs


The setup used for the experimentIMG_1231 IMG_1232 IMG_1233