Static Friction

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

Static Friction

Static friction ( \(f_s\) ) is the force that resists relative movement and keeps objects at rest.  Static friction happens between zero and the smallest force needed to start the motion of an object.  In order for an object to move the static friction must be overcome, when this happens you experience kinetic friction. 

Static Friction formula

\(\large{ f_s =   \mu_s F_n }\)         


\(\large{ f_s }\) = static friction

\(\large{ \mu _s }\)  (Greek symbol mu) = static friction coefficient

\(\large{ F_n }\) = normal force

Solve for:

\(\large{ \mu _s = \frac {f_s}{F_n}  }\)

\(\large{ F_n = \frac {f_s}{\mu_s}  }\)


Tags: Equations for Friction