1G20.40 - Springs & Weights or Bucket & Elastic

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Demo Title:
Springs & Weights or Bucket & Elastic
Absence of Friction in Freefall
Area of Study:
Two large blocks of equal size, connecting spring, Plywood shelf, Styrofoam block.

Connect the two blocks with the spring and spread them apart to the ends of the shelf.  This leaves the spring under tension but the blocks do not move together because of the friction.  Lift the shelf and everything on it and drop it onto the foam pad.  As it drops, the spring will pull the blocks together as there is no friction during freefall.

Stretch the elastic string so that the tennis balls hangs over the edge of the bucket.  Hold the bucket up high, drop it, and then catch it about waist high.  You will observe that immediately after you release the bucket and it achieves freefall, the tennis balls will be pulled back into the bucket by the elastic.

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