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# What causes stones to skip?

## What causes stones to skip?

Two key forces act on a skipping stone: gravity, which pulls it down, and lift, the reactive force of the water, which pushes the stone up each time it hits the surface. If the lift force is greater than the force of gravity then the stone bounces up; otherwise it sinks.

What stones are good for skipping?

Flat, round stones are best because the surface area creates a bounce on impact, but the “magic angle” between a spinning stone and the water should be about 20 degrees in order to achieve the maximum number of skips (Clanet).

### What is the world record for skipping a stone?

88
Skipping stones is a fun pastime but some people take it very seriously and compete. The world record number of skips is 88! WIRED’s Robbie Gonzalez dives into the physics and physicality of extreme stone skipping.

Why is it impossible to skip a stone 89 times?

With help from world record skipper Kurt Steiner, Wired’s Robbie Gonzalez improves his stone skipping. Steiner’s record: 88 times. But that calculation is based on throwing “perfectly circular disk of uniform mass, skipping across a flat body of water,” and that’s not allowed in stone skipping competitions.

#### How many times can a rock be skipped?

Bocquet has developed a formula for estimating how many times a stone will skip based on spin and speed. He calculates, for instance, that for a stone to skip five times it has to spin five times per second; to skip 15 times (Bocquet’s personal record), it has to spin almost nine times per second.

What do you call on skipping of stone across the water?

What is stone skipping? The art of throwing flat rocks across the water has become a semi-professional sport involving technique and science. The goal of stone skipping, also known as stone skimming, is to see how many times a stone bounces off the surface of a pond before sinking.

## How does stone skipping work?

By spinning the stone, you ensure that the trailing end of the stone continues to hit the water’s surface. This creates a forward-moving ripple of water that launches the stone back into the air. As the stone continues on its path to the next skip, the spin also adds stability in the air.

Is it bad to skip rocks?

Surprisingly, the overall effect seems to be negligible, at least intuitively. This is not the only concern. Humans may skip rocks faster than new rocks can be created or reemerge from their watery graves. This may lead to future generations unable to enjoy this quintessentially human pastime.

### Can you skip rocks on moving water?

The spinning will help the rock bounce off the water’s surface so it skips multiple times. Rocks skip across the water because they form a cavity when they first impact the surface. The flat bottom of the rock rides along the angle of the cavity, sending it airborne again so it can skip. Don’t try and throw hard.

Which size of rock is best for skipping hypothesis?

Your stone should be about 3-5 inches in diameter depending on the size of your hand. Comfort is very important to achieve the best results. According to some an air pocket on the bottom of the stone will produce a greater number of skips.

#### How do I skip a stone?

The ideal skipping stone is flat, small enough to hold in one hand and not too heavy. Hold the rock with your thumb on top and middle finger on the bottom. Then, wrap your index finger along the edge. Flat, still water is best (like a lake or pool in a stream).

How does a skipping stone work in the air?

Eventually, the drag becomes so great that the stone can’t break free. A skipping stone spends 100 times longer in the air than it does on water, but air is 1,000 times less dense than water, so its effect on the flight is relatively minimal. The key to a good skip, Bocquet says, lies in spinning the stone.

## Which is better a skipping stone or water stone?

A skipping stone spends 100 times longer in the air than it does on water, but air is 1,000 times less dense than water, so its effect on the flight is relatively minimal. The key to a good skip, Bocquet says, lies in spinning the stone. On the water, a stone’s spin keeps it poised on its trailing edge, rather than somersaulting.

Who was the first person to skip a stone?

For more than 30 years, Koths’s analysis was the last word in stone skipping. Then, in February, the American Journal of Physics published “a simplified description of the collisional process of the stone with water” by Lydéric Bocquet. Bocquet is a physicist at Claude Bernard Lyon University in Villeurbanne, France.

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