oPhysics: Interactive Physics Simulations

Friction: Pulling a Box on a Horizontal Surface

This is a simulation of a box being pulled along a horizontal surface by a rope. Use the simulation to explore the effects of static and kinetic friction and their relationship to the normal force of the surface. The tension in the rope and its angle from the horizontal can be adjusted, as can the mass of the box and the coefficients of static and kinetic friction. Use the run button to start the animation, Pause button to pause it, and thee Reset button to start over.