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Momentum Machine: Speed up your spin


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Momentum Machine: Speed up your spin

Spin in an office chair holding milk jugs! Plus, learn physics. Very fun (but stay safe) activity from the Exploratorium Science Snacks series.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • A rotating stool or chair
  • Two heavy objects (two 2-liter plastic bottles full of water or soda work well, but two 1-gallon plastic milk jugs full of water or milk are even better; the type of mass used is not critical, but it's best to use the heaviest masses you can hold at arm’s length)
  • A partner

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Newton's Laws
      • Rotation Motion

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