How Friction Effects Swimming

How Friction Effects Swimming

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  • It is such a nice day today, perfect for swimming!
  • Yea lets have a race to see who is faster!
  • How is he going so fast? 
  • If you want to swim faster and minimize friction, you have to make your body as sleek as  possible, technology such as swim caps and body suits made up of Teflon, and silicon coated fabric have been designed to reduce the effects of friction
  • This is too easy!
  • The most important factor to consider when swimming is friction. When you swim you have to fight through the effects of friction. In simple terms friction lowers the motion of substances that interact with each other. The water basically pushes against you and lowers your acceleration. If you want to swim faster you have to minimize the effects of friction.
  • How did you swim so fast?
  • It all has to do with physics, if you understand it then you too can swim faster.
  • However, we don't have that kind of equipment here, so the next best way to reduce friction is to perfect your swimming technique. You have to move your arms and legs in a way so that you generate enough power to move but not overly disturb the water. So the next time you swim remember all of this instead of just wildly flailing your arms and legs around.
  • So if I want to swim fast then I have to reduce friction. That is great and all but how exactly do you reduce something that you cannot even see?
  • Thanks for the tips! But one last thing, do you know any funny friction jokes?
  • I don't let friction jokes SLIDE. Plus friction really grinds my gears.
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