02 February 2006

Skipping Stones

This is probably a guy thing and the gals reading this are gonna go...what is with these guys, but bear with me anyways.
How many of you have walked beside a lake or a pond, then bent down to pick up a pebble, have thrown it level against the water and eagerly counted the number of skips it does before sinking in ? If you have'nt done it, then you are out of this universe. If you have done it, then welcome to the stone skippers club comprising of 99% of the guys in the known universe.
In case you belong to the club and have been wondering how to improve your skip count, the answer is in this equation.
τ = (MRS)-1/2/U

Simple ain't it ? Looks like its all in the speed and the angle of delivery. Ok for the detailed explanation look at The Physics Web

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