2B30.10 - Crush the Can

Code Number:
2B30.10
Demo Title:
Crush the Can
Condition:
Excellent
Principle:
Air Pressure
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Equipment:
One gallon gas can, Vacuum pump with hose.
Procedure:

The cans may be purchased from McMaster-Carr.

References:
  • Paul Hewitt, "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 52, #9, 2014, p. 564.
  • John D. McGervey, "Hands-on Physics for Less Than a Dollar per Hand-Part II", TPT, Vol. 34, #7, Oct. 1996, p. 448.
  • James P. Louviere, "The Inscrutable, Open - Ended Toy Balloon - A Thought-Provoking Static Engine", TPT, Vol. 27, #2, Feb. 1989, p. 95.
  • Jukka O. Mattila, "Physics at the Fire Station", TPT, Vol. 26, #7, Oct. 1988, p. 440.
  • Julius Summer Miller, "Collapsing A Bigger Barrel", TPT, Vol. 22, #2, Feb. 1984, p. 70.
  • Fd-1: Freier and Anderson, A Demonstration Handbook for Physics.
  • M-326: Richard Manliffe Sutton, Demonstration Experiments in Physics.
  • Charles Vivian, "The Power in Air Pressure", Science Experiments & Amusements For Children, p. 18.
  • Janice VanCleave, "15, Collapsing Jug", Teaching the Fun of Physics, p. 26.
  • Julien Clinton Sprott, "2.4, Collapsing Can", Physics Demonstrations, ISBN 0-299-21580-6, p. 74.
  • Jearl Walker, "4.54, Collapse of Railroad Storage Tank", The Flying Circus of Physics Ed. 2, p. 200.
  • Stanley J. Micklavzina, "Demonstration Ideas", PIRA Newsletter, Vol. 5, #5, March 1992.


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