1F30.25 - Inertia of Motion - Air Track & Homer

Place one of the passengers on the air track platform cart.  Push them toward one end of the air track.
When the cart hits the end of the air track, the cart will bounce back, but the passenger (Homer or Bart) will continue in the initial direction, fly off the cart and over the end of the air track.
A variation of this is to use one of the jumping passengers.  As long as the cart is moving uniformly, the figure will jump up and down while remaining on the cart.  When the cart hits the end of the air track, the figure will fly off the cart and over the end of the air track in the same manner as the above example.
Code Number:
1F30.25
Demo Title:
Inertia of Motion - Air Track & Homer
Condition:
Excellent
Principle:
Inertia of Motion
Area of Study:
Mechanics
Equipment:
Air track, Platform Car, Passengers for car.
Procedure:

Place one of the passengers on the air track platform cart.  Push them toward one end of the air track.  When the cart hits the end of the air track, the cart will bounce back, but the passenger (Homer or Bart) will continue in the initial direction, fly off the cart and over the end of the air track.  

A variation of this is to use one of the jumping passengers.  As long as the cart is moving uniformly, the figure will jump up and down while remaining on the cart.  When the cart hits the end of the air track, the figure will fly off the cart and over the end of the air track in the same manner as the above example.

References:
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  • "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 46, # 9, Dec. 2008, p. 552.
  • Mark A. Ilyes and James M. Filizzi, "Pizza Boy vs the Highway Department", TPT, Vol. 43, No. 7, pp. 434-437, October 2005.
  • Jodi and Roy McCullough, "Vectors with a Pop Over Toy", The Role of Toys in Teaching Physics, p. 4.98.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, David Maiullo, "Friction is Working", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 80.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, David Maiullo, "It's All Relative", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 16.
  • Mercer, "Crash Test Dummy", Junk Drawer Physics, p. 11.

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