A computational study of sliding blocks on inclined surfaces is presented. Assuming that the friction coefficient μ is a function of position, the probability P(λ) for the block to slide down over a length λ is numerically calculated. Our results are consistent with recent experimental data suggesting a power-law distribution of events over a wide range of displacements when the chute angle is close to the critical one, and suggest that the variation of μ along the surface is responsible for this.
International Journal of Modern Physics C
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- Inclined Plane;
- Critical Angle;
- Physics - Classical Physics;
- Physics - Computational Physics
- 6 pages, 4 figures. submitted to Int. J. Mod. Phys. (Proc. Brazilian Wokshop on Simulational Physics)