Posted: May 22nd, 2023
The physics principle of friction is arguably one of the most influential in my daily activities. From the moment I get out of bed in the morning to when I retire to sleep, friction is at work. By definition, friction is the force that acts opposite to movement (Halliday, Resnick & Walker, 2010). This force enables me to get out of bed and walk out of my room. Friction enables me to walk since there is friction between the floor and my foot. Without it, I would not be able to move forward but would instead slide and fall to the floor. This force makes it possible for me to wash my face using soap and water. The friction produced between my face and the bathing cloth ensures that any dirt is removed from my face and I remain clean. When I get to the kitchen, I make use of friction to strike a match and produce fire. Friction also makes it possible for me to operate a car and move from place to place. The friction between the road surface and the tyre makes it possible for the car to move forward when the gas pedal is pressed (Halliday et al., 2010). When stoping the car, this force acts between the brake pad and the brake rotor enabling the car to slow down and eventually stop. Friction also makes it possible for me to clean dishes and wash my clothes
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