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Falling off the Merry Go Round
# 1D55.30

Description: This demonstrates that the centripetal force required to hold an object on a rotating disk varies with radius and speed.

Place an object on the rotating disk at different radii and run the motor at different speeds.

Hazards: As with any rotating object, keep hair, ties, etc. away from it.

Parts: One variable speed turn table
One object to ride/slide

Purchased/Built: built

Quant. in Demo Room: 1

Demo References
The Video Encyclopedia of Physics Demonstrations Disc 05-15 Place erasers on a disc at various radii and rotate until they fly off.
Freier and Anderson Mm-6 A turntable is rotated until objects slide or tip over.

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