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The Coefficient of Friction
Friction is "the resistance an object encounters in moving over another" (OED).
It is easier to drag an object over glass than sandpaper. The reason for this is that the sandpaper exerts more frictional resistance. In many problems, it is assumed that a surface is "smooth", which means that it does not exert any frictional force. In real life, however, this wouldn't be the case. A "rough" surface is one which will offer some frictional resistance.
Imagine that you are trying to push a book along a table with your finger. If you apply a very small force, the book will not m ...