Robots and snakes
Robots can scale challenging inclines.
Inside Science Buzzwords:
- Rectilinear Locomotion - the way in which a snake moves forward, by creating a wave that moves from its head to its tail.
- Inclined plane - a flat surface that is tilted; snakes are adept at moving up inclined planes, through the use of friction between their scales and the surface of the plane.
- Friction - the resistance to motion between two surfaces, such as the body of a snake sliding over rocky ground.