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You need 2 phonebooks. I didn't have any so I used dictionary's.

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Step 1: Intertwining

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First you need to intertwine the pages by have a couple pages from one book and then another book. Like the photo above.

Step 2: Pull

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Now you pull. No matter how hard you try it won't pull apart. Unless you didn't do it right. The way it works is that you have the friction of multiple pages. It has the friction of one page times the number of pages that contact each other.

andr7 (author) 10 months ago

I didn't have any phone books. Either is fine

dcsabi10 months ago

you need two phone books,but you used dictionaries,i don't understand

Orngrimm10 months ago

We once made a pair of 2 small books where we took one page at a time... took us around 0.5h to do :)
I think we could pull a car with it... (Havent tryed)
The result was really impressive!

Great way to show students the force of friction! Thanks for the 'ible! :)