Magic Ball Force And Motion Science Experiment
In this fun and easy force and motion science experiment for kids, we’re going to explore centrifugal force by making a magic ball stay in an upside down pail.
- Securely tie the rope around the handle of the pail.
- Place the ball in the pail.
- Make sure you will not hit anything and then swing the pail in a loop.
- The centrifugal force will hold the ball in the pail.
How it Works:
Centrifugal force really isn’t a force at all but is the result of inertia. Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist a change in motion. Basically, an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. The ball wants to stay in motion and fly out of the pail, but the pail holds it in place.
Make This A Science Project:
Try putting water in the pail. Try longer and shorter lengths of rope.