Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Rube Goldberg Machine Project Help

  1. Dec 7, 2006 #1
    Last week my physics teacher, Nate Sloan, told us that we would be having a project during the quarter. He gave us the options of building a miniature roller coaster, or building a rube goldberg machine. We chose the rube goldberg machine, and I was wondering if anyone had any good recomendations for simple machines to put together to make a rube goldberg machine.

    - themusicman118
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 7, 2006 #2


    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Can you give an example of what a Rube Goldberg machine is? I've heard the term before, but don't have a good definition in my head. Something like a complicated mechanism that doesn't really accomplish what it claims, or something like that?
  4. Dec 7, 2006 #3


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Just an absurdly complex machine to achieve a simple task. Rather like those clocks from gadget shops that use marbles to count minutes or the game mouse trap.
  5. Dec 7, 2006 #4
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook