Ml-2 Free Fall Paradox (The Falling Chimney)
Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011
To demonstrate that the vertical component of the acceleration of the end of a hinged stick is greater than g (when theta is about 35° or less).
Free fall paradox apparatus
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Free Fall Paradox
In the demonstration the elevated end of the stick is released and the ball drops into the cup which can be seen in the photographs above.