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Applying force

  1. Jul 21, 2009 #1
    I am doing an experiment.
    For this experiment I am going to find out what has more effect on the height a block of wood will tip when pushed.
    I need some ideas on how to push the block of wood with the same force each time?
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  3. Jul 21, 2009 #2
    any thing spring or magnetically loaded can produce a consistent push force. Or if you want to go really low tech there's always simply dropping it from a controlled appartus. That 9.8m/s^2 is pretty stable.
  4. Jul 21, 2009 #3
    I always find for these sort of things rubber bands are useful
  5. Jul 21, 2009 #4
    A simple pendulum with fixed initial angular displacement and a pivot point of adjustable height could do the trick.

    P.S. The adjustable height of the pivot point could be neglected if the standing block is placed on surfaces of increasing height. Ideally, the friction coefficient should be the same for each surface.
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