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Air Pressure and Dent Pullers


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Air Pressure and Dent Pullers

In this activity, learners simulate Otto von Guericke's famous Magdeburg Hemispheres experiment. In this modern, low cost version, a pair of learners try to pull apart two suction cups (dent pullers). Learners then calculate the amount of force holding the dent pullers together.

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Learning Time:

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Equations and Inequalities
      • Variables and Expressions
    • Measurement
      • Circles
    • Number and Operations
      • Exponents
    • Problem Solving
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories


  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Rathjen, Don

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2010

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