The motion of a stone skimming over a water surface is considered. A simplified description of the collisional process of the stone with water is proposed. The maximum number of bounces is estimated by considering both the slowing down of the stone and its angular stability. The conditions for a successful throw are discussed.
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February 01 2003
The physics of stone skipping
Lydéric Bocquet; The physics of stone skipping. Am. J. Phys. 1 February 2003; 71 (2): 150–155. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1519232
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