School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mj-3 Action and Reaction

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To demonstrate Newton's third law.

Apparatus

Diagrams

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Action and Reaction

Action-Reaction Diagram

Videos

Action Reaction

Description

Two identical gliders are connected with a piece of cotton. The gliders have compressional springs or like poles of magnets facing each other. Burning the cotton releases the gliders.

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