What is Friction? - Definition, Formula & Forces


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A book sliding across a desk will come to a stop because of the force of _______.

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1. The book sliding across the desk is an example of _______ friction.

2. The type of friction that acts on a falling object is called _______.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of friction. Topics you will be quizzed on include identifying the type of friction that acts on a falling object as well as naming the action made possible by friction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Force that will stop a book sliding across a desk
  • Type of friction that acts on a falling object
  • Action made possible by friction
  • Calculating the force of friction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on friction
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as air and sliding friction
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the relationship between friction and motion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about friction types

Additional Learning

To learn more about physics, review the accompanying lesson called What is Friction? - Definition, Formula & Forces. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the force of friction
  • Compare and contrast the following types of friction: sliding, fluid, and rolling
  • Define and differentiate between kinetic friction force and coefficient of kinetic friction
  • Know and understand how to use the formulas for determining kinetic fiction and static friction