1J20.35 - Bird, Plane, and Circus Clown

Code Number:
1J20.35
Demo Title:
Bird, Plane, and Circus Clown
Condition:
Good
Principle:
Center of Mass
Area of Study:
Mechanics
Equipment:
Balancing birds, balancing plane.
Procedure:

Take the bird or the plane off the stand and balance on the end of a finger or blunt rod.  These figures can also be spun about the balance point without losing equilibrium.

The clown is much like the plane and bird when the figure is standing on its head.  The figure can also be put into other configurations and positions and the balls repositioned to provide equilibrium.

References:
  • Connor Hazelrigg and Blane Naker, "Center of Mass Demonstration on the Fly", TPT, Vol. 53, #1, Jan. 2015, p. 50.
  • Robert G. Kirkham, "Choosing the Right System for Analysis of Forces", TPT, Vol. 34, #6, Oct. 1996, p. 402.
  • A. John Mallinckrodt, J. Machael Shore, and Marvin L. De Jong, "On 'Choosing the Right System for Analysis of Forces'", TPT, Vol. 34, #9, Dec. 1996, p. 534.
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  • M- 462: "Balance-a-Bee", DICK and RAE Physics Demo Notebook.
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  • Cy Tymoney, "Sneaky Balancer IV", Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things, p. 17.
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  • Julius Sumner Miller, Q168 & A168, Millergrams II – Some More Enchanting Questions for Enquiring Minds, p. 41 & 96.




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