# Antifrictional force

The antifrictional force is the force exerted by the ether on an object. The name is a misnomer, as the force actually has nothing to do with friction. It was named this by some wise guy a while back. Like so many other things, we are stuck with this historical anomaly. It was necessary to introduce this force because of Newton's second law.

The antifrictional force explains why objects travelling through space do not slow down.

## The Boring Description

The antifrictional force is always directed the same way as the object's velocity. The effects of the ether are dampened by large masses in the vicinity of the object. Thus objects near the Earth's surface experience little antifrictional force. Objects actually touching others are very close and so experience a very very weak antifrictional force. Due to an extraordinary coincidence, an object not in the presence of large masses experiences an antifrictional force equal in magnitude to the frictional constant. This explains why an object in space experiences constant velocity.