1J20.30 - Sky Hook

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Sky Hook
Center of Mass
Area of Study:
Wood stick with weight on curved wire.

This system will appear to balance on the edge of a table or a finger.  The reason is because the brass weight must move upward in any direction for the system to fall off a table or a finger tip.

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