1M40.37 - Slingshots

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Stored Energy
Area of Study:
Slingshot, ping pong balls.

Practice will be needed here.  Position the sling shot onto your arm.  Place the ping pong balls into the pouch, pull back, and shoot across the lecture room.

  • Benjamin D. Bousquet, Charles C. Figura, "Modeling the Water Balloon Slingshot", TPT, Vol. 51, #1, Jan. 2013, p. 40.
  • "Family Project: Build Your Own Slingshot", Popular Mechanics, May 2019, p. 82.
  • William Gurstelle, "A Snowball Slingshot On a Sled", Popular Science, Jan. 2015, p. 64.
  • Bobby Mercer, "Balloon Shooter", Junk Drawer Physics, p. 35.
  • 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You, "Human Slingshot",  National Geographic Kids, p. 137.
  • 50 Fun Experiments for the Mad Scientist in You, "Bonus: Seed Bomb Slingshot", National Geographic Kids, p. 14.
  • Slingking™ Waterballoon Slingshot, Instruction Manual.

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