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McAdams (1) uses a formula for pressure drop that shows the effect of both the force of friction and the force of gravity:
And why bubbles are round Impale a potato with a drinking straw, or stick two books together and witness the mysterious force of friction.
According to the Amontons' laws, recognized 300 years ago, the force of friction grows in proportion to how strongly surfaces are pushed together, and its strength is independent of the area of contact.