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Making Friends

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A guy at a bar..., a possible friend perhaps? [Figure1]

Collision Theory

Making friends can be challenging. When you meet new people, you have to be lucky to make a new friend. You would need to share the same interests, and not alienate each other by saying something weird. You might only become friends with 1 in every 3 people that you meet! However, you could also increase your friend count by increasing the number of people you meet. For instance, if you went to a more concentrated area, you would meet more people and make more friends, even at the 33% success rate. Or you could try to meet people faster, by talking to them for 5 minutes instead of 10. Lastly you could try going to specific conventions, where you know you already have things in common with people! Now it would be easier to find a common interest, and the amount of energy needed to make a connection would be less.

Creative Applications

1. Even if you meet 100 people, are you guaranteed to become friends with any of them?

2. How does this relate to collision theory?

3. What 3 factors increase/decrease the rate of reactions?

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