# Mechanics

This page contains all the Mechanics demos.  To navigate to a specific category of these demos, use the menu on the left. To view a demo, click on either the image or the number/name.

Number/TitleImageDescription
1A60.10-Powers of Ten videoThis 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 TubeShow the effects of air resistance on a falling penny and feather.
1D40.71-Awkward RollersThe diameter of the circular wheel is equal to the radii of the three arcs ...
1D50.10-Ball on StringA simple ball on a string to show uniform circular motion wherein the ...
1D50.20-Centripetal Force ApparatusThis demonstration illustrates centripetal force ...
1D50.40-Pail of WaterAs 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 ShootThis demonstration illustrates that a ball shot out horizontally and a ...
1D60.30-Monkey HunterIf a hunter aims his gun at the monkey, and the monkey lets go the ...
1F20.25-Smash Block on Bed of NailsThis demonstration shows that even with an additional force (hitting a ...
1F20.30-Tablecloth Pull This demo dramatically shows the importance of impulse. If ...
1F20.36-Pen and HoopA 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 CartThe fan carts display Newton’s Third law of motion.
1J10.09-Center of Mass ToysThese toys illustrate how the center of mass of an object can allow objects ...
1J10.10-Center of Mass CansWith 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 PlaneThis demonstration is counterintuitive in that it "rolls uphill" due to the cone's center of gravity.
1J30.20-Tension in a StringA counterintuitive demonstration that exposes students' common ...
1J40.11-Large WrenchThis 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 WheelIllustrates the effect of different radii in rotational torque.
1J40.41-Torque Beam (Weight Distribution)A rod is suspended by two spring scales. By varying the location of the spring scales you can view the weight ...
1K10.30-Walking the SpoolA counterintuitive demo to teach students about torque and forces.
1K20.15-Weight Dependence of FrictionThis apparatus shows how the frictional force depends on weight.
1K20.35-Angle of ReposeA demonstration to show the angle of repose: the angle at which gravity overcomes the force of ...
1K30.10-Bed of Nails An impressive demonstration to show that pressure is force per unit area. When maximizing the area ...
1M40.10-Nose-Basher Pendulum (Suicide Pendulum)This demonstration illustrates the conservation of energy of a pendulum. The potential energy of the pendulum gets converted ...
1M40.15-Pendulum and PegThis is used to show the conservation of energy in a pendulum bob.
1M40.20-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)When 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)When two identical balls are simultaneously released from rest at the same position, most students guess that the ...
1M40.33c-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 PendulumThis demonstration shows how kinetic energy gets transfered into potential energy through conservation of ...
1N10.20-Egg in SheetThis demonstration shows the importance of impulse.
1N20.20 - Spring Apart Carts
1N22.10-Rocket WagonThis 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)This demonstration shows the conservation of energy and linear momentum for multiple collisions. Each ball has ...
1N30.30-Frictionless-Momentum (Air Track)
Using 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)This demonstration visually shows the transfer of momentum between two objects.
1Q10.30-Rolling Ring, Disc, and SphereThis demonstration shows the conservation of mechanical energy. It also shows objects with diffrent moments of ...
1Q40.10-Rotating Platform and WeightsThis demonstration illustrates the principle of conservation of angular momentum (Ice skater effect).
1Q40.23-Centrifugal GovernorThis demonstration illustrates the apparent centrifugal force. Can be used to describe the ...
1Q40.30-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.
1Q50.50 Large GyroscopeA high quality gyroscope with a counterweight is used to show the fundamental precession equation with fair precision.
1R10.30-Springs in Series and ParallelThis demonstration illustrates the combination of similar springs (same spring ...
1R40.30-Happy and Sad BallsThis demonstration shows different coefficients of restitution using the happy and sad balls.