Physics Project

1. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

Hello, I am in Grade 12 physics class and I have been given a open ended project; where we are required to build/create a machine which would involve at least 6 of the physics concepts:

ramps, pulleys, levers, transfer of momentum/energy, projectile motion, circular motion, stored elastic energy in a spring or like, harmonic motion, pendulums, impulse, inelastic or elastic
collisions, electricity, magnetism, light, photocells.

We can talk to our teacher and add anything else if it follows grade 12 curriculum.

Unit 1 Kinematics
Unit 2 Dynamics
Unit 3 WEM
Unit 4 GEM fields
Unit 5 Modern Physics
Unit 5 Light

I was first thinking of a rube goldberg machine but it would be too time consuming and hard to setup... as anyone in the class should be able to perform the machine.

2. Mar 7, 2012

Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
Just keep it simple is my best suggestion. It could be as simple as setting up a ball to roll down a ramp into another ball. You can add things like levers or pulleys or whatever to release the ball. What do you WANT to build? This is your project after all.

3. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

well i was thinking of building a catapult but that is just transfer of energy. projectile and levers.

4. Mar 7, 2012

Delta Kilo

pulley - circular motion - stored elastic energy in a spring or like - lever - transfer of momentum/energy - projectile motion - inelastic or elastic collision ... hmm reminds me of something :)

5. Mar 7, 2012

Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
Are you sure? I see at least 1-2 more physics concepts from your list that can apply. What will cause the catapult to launch?

6. Mar 7, 2012

hmm...?

7. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

a lever would launch the catapult, i was thinking maybe i can pull the lever by using a pulley and a mass?

8. Mar 7, 2012

Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
Sure, that is an option. Can you think of anything to add to the catapult that would be one of the other physics concepts?

9. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

a spring?

10. Mar 7, 2012

alienprophecy

I think your first idea was a good one--a Rube Goldberg device doesn't necessarily have to be huge or complicated, and it has the added bonus of allowing you to demonstrate each of those principles separately.

For instance, you could start off with a miniature car on a track that begins a couple of feet above the table. You could start it moving forward with a spring-loaded mechanism (like a pinball plunger), then have it twirl downward along the track. Then you could have it crash into something, perhaps roll into a bay at the end which puts it back at the top again via a lift. That would easily cover the requirements.

Sounds like fun, actually :)

11. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

what type of concepts would it implement?

I can see springs, ramps, circular motion, pulleys, transfer of energy...

12. Mar 7, 2012

Drakkith

Staff Emeritus
Sure, you could use a spring. I'd say you pretty much have most of your project's concepts figured out. If you can add another concept to it then you'll be good.

13. Mar 7, 2012

alienprophecy

From what I wrote, that is a pretty good inventory. Getting one or two more in there wouldn't be too much of a problem--for instance, you could use a latch to hold back the pinball plunger/spring device that launches the car, then lift it with a lever. Lighting tricks would be easy--maybe you could have the track go partially under a body of water, to show refraction. There are tons of ideas--about half of your project is how you present it, because you could turn in a stick and argue for a bunch of the forces already (light, electrical forces holding the stick together, the earth rotating through space, etc.)

14. Mar 7, 2012

Gurinder R

i was just wondering umm would the car have enough energy to hit the lever so the pulley can operate with the electric motor...?

15. Mar 8, 2012

Gurinder R

I have attached a preliminary sketch of the project but my questions is would the electromagnet be able to attract the metal ball in motion?

This would include:

Springs
Ramps
Circular Motion
Light (Refraction)
Projectile
Electricity
Magnetism
Forces
Transfer of Energy

16. Mar 23, 2012

Gurinder R

I wanted to know if copper wire is the best for coil and for a core wire hangers.

9v would be sufficient?