Year 12 Mechanics Circular motion Experiment:


Purpose:

  • The purpose of this experiment is for students to see that an object undergoing circular motion will fly off at a tangent if the tension force is removed


Equipment:

  • Sparklers
  • A drill

Method:

  • Turn the lights off
  • Light a sparkler, and put it in a drill (on a slow speed) or spin it slowly.
  • Look at the direction the sparks fly - off at a tangent.



Pitfalls / causes of error

  • Good idea not to do around flammable items.

Resources

  • May look something like this:
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Model data:

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References / other comments:

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Circular