NYU Physics Demos

Tops

Topics: Classical Mechanics - Rotational Motion, Centrifugal/Centripetal Force

Equipment: Toy tops of various shapes/sizes, string.

Setup: The various tops use different methods of spinning:
Spin with your hands, for ordinary tops.
Use string. Wrap the string around the rod tightly. Hold the top to the table with one hand, and pull the string with the other- lightly at first, then much more rapidly as the top gains speed.
One top simply requires pushing down on the top piece to spin it.

Location: Shelf B-h3

Notes: The tops are small, lightweight, durable, and portable.

Keywords: Spin, Rotate, Pull



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