"Now we did the same activity in class. Luckily I didn't make everything collapse. Going back to ol' Isaac's Laws. The first one in particular, Says that when an object is at rest, it stays at rest, and when an object is in motion, it stays in motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force."
"So in this case, since the tablecloth is very light, while the plates were heavy, and that the speed of the tablecloth being pulled, the plates weren't affected by the tablecloth, so the Inertia, or the resistance to force was the plates against the tablecloth"
So the "hills and valleys" that are between the two surfaces just barely touch, causing little friction for such a small amount of time, it doesn't get stuck in the hills and valleys, so the plates stay on the tablecloth. However, when you drag the tablecloth slowly, the plates will move with it, for the hills and valleys are getting caught, causing more friction.
"That means in action, the plates stay at rest, just like in the law, because it was not affected by an unbalanced force. And when it is dragged slowly, it is affected by an unbalanced force. That's understandable."
?Dang, I just realized I didn't make one pun this entire project, that isn't right. Why can't you trust atoms? They make up everything. There we go! Well, I'm Cartoon Joshua, till next time!"