Mechanics

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Number/TitleImageDescription
A60.10-Powers of Ten video1a6010_powers_of_tenThis video is used to help students learn units of measure and the scale to which they relate to in real
1C20.10 - Penny and Feather in Vacuum Tube1c2010pfShow the effects of air resistance on a falling penny and feather.
1D40.71-Awkward Rollers1d4071_awkward_rollersThe diameter of the circular wheel is equal to the radii of the three arcs ...
1D50.10-Ball on String1d5010_ball_on_stringA simple ball on a string to show uniform circular motion wherein the ...
1D50.20-Centripetal Force Apparatus1d5020_centripetal_force_apparatusThis demonstration illustrates centripetal force ...
1D50.40-Pail of Water1d5040_pail_of_water_2As a bucket or cup of water is spun in a circle, the water does not fall out. This is because ...
1D60.10-Howitzer and BridgeThis demonstration shows that the horizontal motion of a projectile ...
1D60.20-Drop and Shoot1d6020_two_ball_drop_2This demonstration illustrates that a ball shot out horizontally and a ...
1D60.30-Monkey Hunter1d6030monkey_hunterIf a hunter aims his gun at the monkey, and the monkey lets go the ...
1F20.25-Smash Block on Bed of Nails1f2025smash block on bed of nailsThis demonstration shows that even with an additional force (hitting a ...
1F20.30-Tablecloth Pull1f2030_tablecloth_pull This demo dramatically shows the importance of impulse. If ...
1F20.36-Pen and Hoop1f2036_pen_and_hoop_2A quick and impressive demonstration of inertia (Newton's First Law). When the hoop is yanked ...
1H10.10-Push/Pull me CartsThis demonstration illustrates newtons laws.
1H10.20 - Fan Cart1h1020fan cart
1J10.09-Center of Mass Toys1j1009_center_of_mass_toys_2These toys illustrate how the center of mass of an object can allow objects ...
1J10.10-Center of Mass Cans1j1010_center_of_mass_cans_2With just the right amount of liquid in the can, the center of mass is directly above the point of contact and the can balances.
1J11.50-Double Cone on Inclined Plane1j1150_double_cone_on_inclined_planeThis demonstration is counterintuitive in that it "rolls uphill" due to the cone's center of gravity.
1J30.20-Tension in a String1j3020_tension_in_a_string_4A counterintuitive demonstration that exposes students' common ...
1J40.11-Large Wrench1j4011_large_wrench_3This visually shows the importance of torque. A large bolt attached to a screw is tight. One can not turn it with their bare ...
1J40.25-Torque Wheel1j4025_torque_wheel_2Illustrates the effect of different radii in rotational torque.
1J40.41-Torque Beam (Weight Distribution)1j4041_torque_beamA rod is suspended by two spring scales. By varying the location of the spring scales you can view the weight ...
1K10.30-Walking the Spool1k1030_walking_the_spoolA counterintuitive demo to teach students about torque and forces.
1K20.15-Weight Dependence of Friction1k2015_weight_dependence_of_friction_2This apparatus shows how the frictional force depends on weight.
1K20.35-Angle of Repose1k2035_angle_of_reposeA demonstration to show the angle of repose: the angle at which gravity overcomes the force of ...
1K30.10-Bed of Nails1k3010_bed_of_nails_2 An impressive demonstration to show that pressure is force per unit area. When maximizing the area ...
1M40.10-Nose-Basher Pendulum (Suicide Pendulum)1m4010_nose_basher_pendulumThis demonstration illustrates the conservation of energy of a pendulum. The potential energy of the pendulum gets converted ...
1M40.15-Pendulum and Peg1m4015_pendulum_and_peg_2This is used to show the conservation of energy in a pendulum bob.
1M40.20-Loop Ball Track1m4020_loop_ball_trackThis apparatus can be used to show the requirements for a ball to travel in a loop successfully: The centripetal force on top ...
1M40.33a-Conservation of Energy Track (1/2)1m4033a_coe_trackWhen two identical balls are simultaneously released from rest at the same position, most students guess that the ball on the top track (the...
1M40.33b-Conservation of Energy Track (2/2)1m4033b_coe_trackWhen two identical balls are simultaneously released from rest at the same position, most students guess that the ...
1M40.33c-4 Ball Track1m4033c_4_ball_track What will be the ranking of the balls in the race? 1) Blue, 2) Green, 3) Yellow, 4)Red.
1M40.41-Ballistic Pendulum1m4041_ballistic_pendulumThis demonstration shows how kinetic energy gets transfered into potential energy through conservation of ...
1N10.20-Egg in Sheet1n1020_egg_in_sheet_2This demonstration shows the importance of impulse.
1N20.20 - Spring Apart Carts
1N22.10-Rocket Wagon1n2210rocket wagon 2This demo shows a very crude representation of how a rocket works. As the material leaves the fire extinguisher, it ...
1N30.10-Newton's Cradle (Newton's Balls)1n3010_newtons_cradleThis demonstration shows the conservation of energy and linear momentum for multiple collisions. Each ball has ...
1N30.30-Frictionless-Momentum (Air Track)
air_track9Using an Air track with air gliders, you can visually show what happens when two carts collide elastically (Spring ...
1N30.60-Double Ball Drop (Basketball and Tennis ball)1n3060_double_ball_dropThis demonstration visually shows the transfer of momentum between two objects.
1Q10.30-Rolling Ring, Disc, and Sphere1q1030_rolling_ring_disc_sphere_2This demonstration shows the conservation of mechanical energy. It also shows objects with diffrent moments of ...
1Q40.10-Rotating Platform and Weights1q4010_rotating_platform_and_weightsThis demonstration illustrates the principle of conservation of angular momentum (Ice skater effect).
1Q40.23-Centrifugal Governor1q4023_centrifugal_governorThis demonstration illustrates the apparent centrifugal force. Can be used to describe the ...
1Q40.30-Rotating Platform and Bicycle Wheel1q4030_rotating_platform_and_bicycle_wheelThis demonstration shows the conservation of angular momentum. The only angular momentum of the system ...
1Q50.20- Bicycle wheel gyroscopeThis demonstration illustrates the relationship between the torque and the change in the angular momentum vector.
1R10.30-Springs in Series and Parallel1r1030_springs_in_series_and_parallel_2This demonstration illustrates the combination of similar springs (same spring ...
1R40.30-Happy and Sad Balls1r4030_happy_sad_ballsThis demonstration shows different coefficients of restitution using the happy and sad balls.