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Name: Fred
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Age: 30s
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Date: 1999 


Question:
I am trying to recall my physics classes. Is friction independent of surface area? If you have two 50 pound boxes with different surface contact areas to the floor. Will both require the same amount of force to start moving the boxes and keep them moving?


Replies:
Yes, friction is independent of surface area. The only things that effect friction are the support force (also known as the normal force), the characteristics of the materials, and the temperature.

---Nathan A. Unterman



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