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**Torsion Pendulum**

Determination of the moment of inertia by period measurements.

**Hula Hoop Rotational Inertia**

### What it shows:

A suspended hula hoop has the same period of oscillation as a pendulum whose length is equal to the diameter of the hoop.

### How it works:

The parallel-axis theorem allows us to readily deduce the rotational inertia of a hoop about an axis that passes through its circumference and is given by

^{\(I = I_{cm} + MR^2 = 2MR^2\)}

where *M* is the mass of the hoop and *R* is its radius. The period of oscillation thus becomes

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### What it shows:

One can show that the period of oscillation of an object doesn't change for different suspension points, as long as they're the same distance from the COM. This is consistent with what the parallel-axis theorem tells us about the moment of inertia of the object.

### How it works:

The parallel-axis theorm states that if \(I_{cm}\) is the moment-of-inertia of an object about an axis through its center-of-mass, then \(I\), the moment of inertia about any axis parallel to that...

Read more about Parallel-Axis Theorem**Suitcase Gyro**

A motor driven gyro hidden in a suitcase gives surprising results when the suitcase is moved.

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Read more about Suitcase Gyro**Tail Wags Dog**

Lecturer tries to swing baseball bat while standing on turntable.

**Flyball Governor**

Rotating balls change speed as radius of rotation is changed.

**Crashing Pendulum**

A pendulum is allowed to "crash" into a bar, dramatically altering its motion, but energy is conserved as is evidenced by the return swing.

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Read more about Crashing Pendulum**Special Bouncing Collisions**

Same as previous except that mass ratio of balls is 1:3 (softball:basketball) leaving basketball dead and softball four times the height.

**Bouncing Collision**

A tennis ball/basketball combination is dropped to the floor ... the tennis ball theoretically bounces to nine times the original drop height.

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Read more about Bouncing Collision**Rocket Car**

Single seat CO_{2} powered rocket cars.

*Photo by Rose Lincoln*

**Air/water Rocket**

The choice of propellant for this toy rocket makes a huge difference in thrust.

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Read more about Air/water Rocket**Sailboat Reaction Cart**

A motorized fan mounted on a reaction cart blows air into a "sail" which is also mounted on the cart. Which way will the cart move?

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