School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mf-1 Loop the Loop

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

Aim

To demonstrate that a minimum energy is required for a body to complete a vertical loop.

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Loop the Loop

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Loop the Loop

Description

A steel ball bearing is released at various heights on the ramp and the position where the ball just completes the loop is noted. This is compared with 5/2 R.

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