Table of Mechanics Demonstration

List of Mechanics Equipment & Supplies

Lecture Demonstrations

Air Pucks, 1N40.25

Topic and Concept:

Location:

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Abstract:

The air puck is a small battery powered (4AA) hovercraft that floats on a cushion of air produced by an internal fan. Each unit has soft foam bumpers for inelastic collisions.

Equipment

Location

ID Number

Air Puck 1

ME, Bay B6, Shelf #3

1N40.25.a

Air Puck 2

ME, Bay B6, Shelf #3

1N40.25.b

Important Setup Notes:

Setup and Procedure:

  1. Flip the power switches located on the bottom of the pucks to the on position and place the units on a table or the floor.
  2. "AA" Batteries are stored in refrigerator.

Cautions, Warnings, or Safety Concerns:

Discussion:

Use the two air pucks to model inelastic collisions between equal masses at zero friction.

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