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Friction Resources

by Ron Kurtus (revised 25 May 2014)

The following material consists of website and book resources on friction.


Friction Concepts - HyperPhysics

Friction - Wolfram Research Science World

Engineer's Handbook - Coefficient of Friction

RoyMech (UK) - Friction Factors

How Tires Work - How Stuff Works

Rolling friction and rolling resistance - includes coefficients - Engineering Toolbox

Rolling Friction - simple explanation - Davidson College

Rolling Resistance - mathematical approach - MathWorks

Tire-Road Interaction - equations - MathWorks

Rolling Resistance Equations - derivations - Real World Physics Problems

Rolling Resistance - Wikipedia


Top-rated books on Friction for Children

Top-rated books on Friction Physics

Top-rated books on Friction Experiments


Complete Idiot's Guide To Physics by Johnnie T. Dennis; Alpha (2003) $18.95

What Is Friction? (Ages 4-8) by Lisa Trumbauer; Children's Press (CT) (2004) $4.95


Friction Science and Technology (Mechanical Engineering Series) by Peter J. Blau; Marcel Dekker Pub. (1995) $89.95

Physics of Sliding Friction (NATO Science Series E:) by B.N. Persson, E. Tosatti; Springer Pub. (1996) $358.00

Friction and Lubrication in Mechanical Design (Mechanical Engineering Series) by Ali Seireg; Marcel Dekker Pub. (1998) $199.95

Control of Machines with Friction (The International Series in Engineering and Computer Science) by Brian Armstrong-Hélouvry; Springer Pub. (1991) $179.00

Tribology: Friction and Wear of Engineering Materials by I. M. Hutchings; CRC Press (1992) $68.88

Physical Science textbooks

Conceptual Physical Science - Chapter 4 Gravity and Satellite Motion by Paul G. Hewitt, John Suchocki and Leslie A. Hewitt, Addison-Wesley Longman (2004); $87

Physical Science: A Unified Approach - Chapter 5 Motion and Gravity by Jerry Schad, San Diego Mesa College, Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. (1995); $215

Physics textbooks

Physics: Algebra/Trig - Chapter 5 Centripetal Force and Gravity by Eugene Hecht, Adelphi University; Brooks/Cole Publishing (2002) $239

Physics: Principles with Applications - Chapter 5 Circular Motion and Gravitation by Douglas C. Giancoli, Prentice Hall (2004) $199


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