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Coefficient of Friction of a Cat on a Windshield



Yes, this is totally a physics post, and not just an excuse to post this gif


This is Waffles the cat. And his job is to remind us all about winter driving. As any of us who have been behind the wheel on a snowy day know, the coefficient of friction between regular tires and the snowy road is veeeery low. Dangerously so. Just around .15, compared to around .7 on a dry road. Even with snow tires, it can still be hard to stop due to low coefficients of both rolling and sliding friction.

Moral of the story: low coefficients of friction mean that frictional force will be lower, meaning that it will take longer to break.

I also wanted an excuse to post a video of a cat failing in slow motion, I'll be honest.


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