1H10.10 - Push Me - Pull Me Carts

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Demo Title:
Push Me - Pull Me Carts
Area of Study:
Push Me - Pull Me carts.

A person sits on each cart.  They put their hands up and each can push, pull, only one can push, etc.  You may also separate the carts farther and use a rope to do the above exercises.  

A variation of this is to have one person on a cart who pushes off a wall.  You can do 1H10.35 on the wall to show that it also moves.  

  • B. L. Blackford, "The Physics of a Push-Me Pull-You Boat", AJP, Vol. 46, # 10, p. 1004, Oct. 1978.
  • Paul Hewitt, "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 33, #8, Nov. 1995, p. 544.
  • R. W. Pohl, Physical Principles of Mechanics and Acoustics, p. 31.
  • Jodi and Roy McCullough, "Momentum with Rollerblades", The Role of Toys in Teaching Physics", p. 3.18.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, David Maiullo, "Push Me, Push You", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 115.
  • M- 554: "Two Carts", DICK and RAE Physics Demo Notebook.
  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q87 & A87, Millergrams I – Some Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 56 & 107.
  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q136 & A136, Millergrams II – Some More Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 23 & 84.
  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q139 & A139, Millergrams II – Some More Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 24 & 85.

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