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01-26-2004, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by watercoolant
Interesting read... did anyone pay attention to the reason why ice is slippery? I heard that the 'thin layer' the article was describing consists of molecules that only moves up and down, but not sideways. And somehow it reduces the friction on the surface. So the next question is: Does anyone have any experiences in curling, that if someone brushes in front of the stone (while the stone is moving), will the stone slow down at a faster rate or slower rate? Because from this analogy, the stone should slow down at a faster rate from all the brushing (turning ice into water and thus increase the friction on the surface).
Curling ice isn't smooth, so heating it up really does make it faster because it melts the pellets...

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