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Coefficient of Friction of a Cat on a Windshield


Velociraptor42

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

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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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