1J20.40 Balancing Man

Concepts

Centre-of-gravity, modes of oscillation

Overview

The man balances on the block of wood.

Details

Equipment

  • [1] Balancing man
  • [1] Block of wood

Script

  1. Place the block on the front bench.
  2. Balance the man on the block.
Optional: the balancing man may be used to demonstrate an oscillator with two different modes of oscillation. Different frequencies are observed when the man is displaced from equilibrium parallel or perpendicular to the weights.

 

Additional Resources

References

  • PIRA 1J20.40

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2020

Technicals

  • Original construction: the balancing man was purchased. The block of wood is approximately 1" x 1" x 6".

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