Mb-4 Dining Table

Aim

To demonstrate inertia of objects.

Apparatus

  • Trolley
  • Table cloth
  • Dining Table Apparatus

Dining Table

Dining Table Setup.

Description

Various dining table objects (eg. plates, bottles, cups, a bottle of wine etc.) are positioned on a silky smooth cloth. The objects can be left standing on the trolley if the cloth is pulled out sharply from beneath, thus demonstrating the inertia of the objects involved. Ensure you place the smooth silky surface down facing the table when attempting this demonstration. Malicious lecturers sometimes invite the students to have a go after they have successfully done the demonstration, however a small ball of bluetack placed by sleight of hand between the table and tablecloth produces a different result to the demonstration. It is suggested the lecturer remove the half full bottle of wine before letting students attempt this demonstration.

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