The Famous Tablecloth Demo
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Newton's First Law -> this page
Demonstrate the "objects at rest" part of Newton's First Law
Tablecloth or sheet, dishes, etc.
- Be sure that the table cloth is smooth.
- Put some slack in the tablecloth, pull suddenly and slightly
downward - not upward.
last update January 6, 1997 by JL
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