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WFU Physics Lecture Demonstrations

Merry-go-round

PIRA 1E20.50

Image:

Photo of Demo

Description:

A rotating reference frame can be studies from inside the frame (on the merry go round) or outside (watching the merry go round). To the people inside the frame, a thrown tennis ball appears to deviate from a straight line trajectory. To the people outside the frame, the ball travels a straight line.

Recipe and
Location:

Merry-go-round
Tennis Balls
2 People

See Lab Manager
Section A
Your Class

Video:

Streaming Video:

None

MPG Video:

Merry go round (inside frame)
Merry go round (outside frame)

Real Video:

Merry go round (inside frame)
Merry go round (outside frame)

Notes:

coordinates: 24 from 3rd post, 21 from edge of 1st window

 

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