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Physics experiment with cone

  1. Nov 1, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    My AP physics teacher asked us to do an experiment on anything that involves a paper cone for my physics class, and I'm trying to think of something creative/original to do.

    2. Relevant equations

    No particular equations. As long as it's AP (12th grade) level physics.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The only things I could come up with involved circular motion in a cone or something with sound waves, but those aren't too original. However, it also needs to be something that can be carried out in a school lab. Any interesting ideas?
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
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  3. Nov 2, 2009 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    You could put ice cream in one. If you can't figure out what to do with it, at least you could eat it:)

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  4. Nov 2, 2009 #3
    Haha whilst I'm sure that would be very nourishing it would get me a zero!

    Just to add some extra detail:
    Basically the teacher sets a specific parameter (in this case that we need to use a cone) and then we can do whatever we want with it. However, it needs to be a doable experiment - I'll need to eventually conduct the experiment with data, results and evaluative points at the end.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2009
  5. Nov 2, 2009 #4

    Andrew Mason

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    Try inverting the cone, making a small hole in the point and put sand in it. Suspend it from a long string above a clear flat surface and set it in motion. Let it go for several hours. What does the pattern of sand on the surface tell you?

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