The Slippery Physics Behind Winter Sports

The Slippery Physics Behind Winter Sports

We take for granted that ice is slippery enough to make winter sports like skiing, ice skating, and luge possible, but this property of ice is actually rather unusual for natural materials. You couldn’t skate without wheels on a floor made of stone or wood, so why is ice different? Over the years, many physicists have asked themselves this same question, and come up with a number of intriguing possibilities.

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