Dynamics Activity
Paper and Chalk


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To demonstrate the "objects at rest" part of Newton's First Law.


3 pieces of chalk and a narrow strip of paper


Place the strip of paper so at least half of it hangs over the edge of a table. Stand the chalk on end on the paper. Holding the free end of the paper, deliver a sharp blow between the end of the paper and the edge of the table with your free hand.


This is similar to, but not as impressive as, the TableCloth Demo.

last update January 6, 1997 by JL Stanbrough (Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome at jerry_stanbrough@bhs.batesville.k12.in.us)