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Subject: Why do Curling rocks curl?

Date: Mon Apr 15 19:45:26 1996
Posted by: David Miller
Grade level: 10-12
School/Organization: Smooth Rock Falls K-OAC School
City: Smooth Rock Falls State/Province: ON
Country: Canada
Area of science: Physics
The game of curling involves the throwing or sliding of large stones

down a sheet of ice. The ice sheet is pebbled (dotted) with small

drops of water.

If the person delivers/throws the rock with a spin then the rock will

tend to move in the direction of the spin. The rock is said to "curl".


I feel that it must have something to do with static vs kinetic friction.

Please let me know. Thanks

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