Enter the friction force and the object’s mass into the calculator to determine the Friction Acceleration. 

Friction Acceleration Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Friction Acceleration.

FA = FF / m
  • Where FA is the Friction Acceleration (m/s^2)
  • FF is the friction force (N)
  • m is the object’s mass (kg)

To calculate friction acceleration, divide the friction force by the mass of the object.

What are the units for Friction Acceleration?

In the International System of Units, also known as SI units, the units for Friction Acceleration are m/s^2.

How to Calculate Friction Acceleration?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines the steps and information needed to calculate the Friction Acceleration.

First, determine the friction force. In this example, the friction force is calculated or measured to be 400  (N).

Next, determine the object’s mass. For this problem, the object’s mass is determined to be 20 (kg).

Finally, calculate the Friction Acceleration using the formula above: 

FA = FF / m

Inserting the values from above and solving the equation with the imputed values gives: 

FA = 400 / 20 = 20 (m/s^2)