1Q40.57 - Cons. of Angular Momentum - Air Table

See procedure.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Cons. of Angular Momentum - Air Table
Action & Reaction
Area of Study:
Air table and air source, heavy and light puck connected by aluminum bar, heavy incident puck.

Level the air table and make sure the two puck system floats freely.  Try to hit the light mass puck at 90 degrees to the aluminum bar with the incident puck.  Use video capture to watch the motion of both centers of mass.

A #57 drill can be used to clean the holes of the air table should they become plugged.

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  • Rod Cross, "Comment on Elastic Collisions Involving Rotation", TPT, Vol. 62, #5, May 2024, p. 324.
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  • "Linear and Angular Momentum", Apparatus Notes, July 1965-December 1972, p. 7.

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