Title

The ascending double cone: a closer look at a familiar demonstration

Authors

Authors

S. C. Gandhi;C. J. Efthimiou

Comments

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Eur. J. Phys.

Keywords

Education, Scientific Disciplines; Physics, Multidisciplinary

Abstract

The double cone ascending an inclined V-rail is a common exhibit used for demonstrating concepts related to centre of mass in introductory physics courses (see http://www.physics.ncsu.edu/pira/). While the conceptual explanation is well known-the widening of the ramp allows the centre of mass of the cone to drop, overbalancing the increase in altitude due to the inclination of the ramp-there remains rich physical content waiting to be extracted through deeper exploration. Such an investigation seems to be absent from the literature. This paper seeks to remedy the omission.

Journal Title

European Journal of Physics

Volume

26

Issue/Number

5

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

681

Last Page

694

WOS Identifier

WOS:000232321900012

ISSN

0143-0807

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