Table of Mechanics Demonstration

List of Mechanics Equipment & Supplies

Lecture Demonstrations

Bulldozer on Moving Sheet, 1E10.10 or 1C10.10

Topic and Concept:

  1. Moving Reference Frames, 1E10. Relative Motion

  2. Motion in One Dimension, 1C10. Velocity




A bulldozer powered by an electric motor moves in the same or opposite direction as the sheet which is moves beneath it to show Relative Motion in the content of addition and subtraction of velocities.



ID Number


ME, Bay B4, Shelf #2

Sheet of stock board

ME, Bay C4, (Cubby)

Important Setup Notes:

Setup and Procedure:

  1. Place sheet of paper or paperboard on table.
  2. Turn on the bulldozer by flipping the switch to the left position or "forward" direction. (Note: Not all the way to the "left" works better. The switch is located at the rear of the bulldozer.)
  3. Place the bulldozer on the sheet.
  4. Pull or push the sheet to show subtractive and additive velocities, respectively.

Cautions, Warnings, or Safety Concerns:


If the paper is moving in the same direction as the bulldozer, the velocity of the bulldozer relative to the audience/table will be the sum of the sheet and bulldozer velocities - simple vector addition. Likewise, if the sheet moves in the opposite direction as the bulldozer, the velocity of the bulldozer will be the difference of the two velocities - simple vector subtraction. One can have the bulldozer move diagonally across the sheet while the sheet is being moved. making use of a ceiling camera, the student will be able to see the relative motion better.







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