CBSE Class 8 Science Friction Notes

CBSE Class 8 Science Friction. Learning the important concepts is very important for every student to get better marks in examinations. The concepts should be clear which will help in faster learning. The attached concepts made as per NCERT and CBSE pattern will help the student to understand the chapter and score better marks in the examinations.


1. The force which always opposes the motion of one object over another object in contact with it, is called friction.

2. The force of friction always acts in a direction opposite to the direction in which an object moves (or tends to move).

3. Cause of friction : Friction is caused by the interlocking of irregularities in the surfaces of two objects which are in contact with each other. In order tomove one object over  ther, we have to apply force to overcome interlocking.

4. Factors affecting friction:

The friction between two surfaces depends on two factors:
· the nature of two surfaces (smoothness or roughness of the two surfaces)Mo re the roughness of a surface, larger is the number of irregularities on its surface & hence greater will be the friction.
· the force with which two surfaces are pressed together. Pressing together two surfaces of objectswith a greater force will increase the interlocking in the two surfaces& hence increase the friction.
NOTE: The force of friction does not depend on the ‘amount of surface area’ of two objects which is in contact with each other.

5. Friction is of three types:

(i) Static friction: The maximum frictional force present between two objects when one object just tends to move or slip over the surface of the other object. The object remains static in this case.

(ii) Sliding friction: The frictional force present when one object slides over the surface of another object are known as sliding friction. When the object starts sliding, the contact point on its surface, do not get enough time to lock into the contact points on the other object. So sliding friction is always less than static friction.

(iii) Rolling friction: When an object rolls over the surface of another object, then the frictional force that comes into picture is called rolling friction. Rolling friction is less than sliding friction.

NOTE: Static friction > Sliding friction > Rolling friction.

6. Friction is a necessary evil because in some cases, friction is useful & we want to keep it but in other cases friction is harmful.

7. Advantages of friction:

· It is the friction between the sole of our shoes & ground that enable us to walk without slipping.

· It is the friction between brake pad & rimthat prevents the wheel from moving ahead. Due to this, the running bicycle slows down & finally stops.

· Friction enables us to write on paper. It is due to the friction between tip of the pencil & paper that rubs off black graphite particles from the tip of the pencil which stick to the paper & leave black marks on paper. In case of smooth surface friction is not sufficient to rub off that black graphite.

· It is the friction between the surface of wall & nail which holds the nail Tightly in the wall.

· Friction enables us to light a matchstick. When we rub thematchstick against a rough surface, then friction between the tip of matchstick & rough surface produces heat, as a resultmatchstick catches fire.

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