1M40.41 - Ballistic Pendulum

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Demo Title:
Ballistic Pendulum
Potential to Kinetic Energy, Conservation of Momentum
Area of Study:
Ballistic Pendulum.

Make sure this is oiled and swinging freely.  It is also important that this is set level or the ball will not catch in the swinging carriage.

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