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What You'll Need

* a box of tissues (full)

* a few crayons

* a clear, flat surface

What to Do

1. Place the tissue box on the Flat surface.

2. Push the box along the surface. Notice how
much the box resists being moved.

3. Line up the crayons side by side under the
box, as shown above.

4. Push on the end of the box again and see if
it is easier to move.


How It Works

The First time you moved the box, Friction between the bottom of the box and the Flat surface resisted the push. When you moved the box over the crayons, they rolled under the box and over the surface, reducing the friction.

The idea of using round objects to reduce Friction is the basis For the wheel and For the bearings inside wheels. Some scientists have said that the pyramid builders of ancient Egypt might have placed logs under huge blocks of stone to help them move the blocks into place. But others think the Egyptians had even easier ways to reduce Friction. Come up with your own best idea For how to move those big blocks.
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Title Annotation:friction
Author:Kirchner, Carrie Silchenstedt
Publication:Highlights for Children
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2008
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