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Al Tobias (wat4y) - Office: Gibson S123 & Physics 218, (434) 924-0538

Physics Demo Manual

Demonstrations are cataloged according to PIRA Bibliography


Due to Physics Building renovations, the lead time to set up demo requests has increased due to the need to transport equipment across campus. Please be kind and let me know well ahead of time what you need.

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 Motion In One Dimension
 Motion In Two Dimensions
 Angular Displacement
  video  - Spinning Tray
 Centripetal Force
 Spinning Chain
 Centripetal Acceleration
 Rotational Dynamics
  video  - Ballistics Cart
  video  - Shoot and Drop
 Projectile Motion II
  video  - The Monkey and the Hunter
  video  - Range Gun
 Newton's First Law
 Newton's Second Law
 Newton's Third Law
 Statics Of Rigid Bodies
 Applications Of Newton's Laws
 Work and Energy
 Rotational Motion
 Properties of Matter

Spinning Chain


An illustration of centripetal force.


Wrap the chain around the edge of the plywood disk making sure there are no twists in the chain. Spin up the drill slowly and bring it to full speed. Tip the drill downward and give a slight jerk back and the chain will fall off. The chain will be spinning rapidly enough to retain its circular shape for a short time as it rolls down the bench.