Use the number weights to find different ways of balancing the equaliser.
Can you hang weights in the right place to make the equaliser
Can you work out how to balance this equaliser? You can put more
than one weight on a hook.
If you have only four weights, where could you place them in order
to balance this equaliser?
Can you work out what is wrong with the cogs on a UK 2 pound coin?
What happens when you turn these cogs? Investigate the differences
between turning two cogs of different sizes and two cogs which are
Meg and Mo need to hang their marbles so that they balance. Use the
interactivity to experiment and find out what they need to do.
Meg and Mo still need to hang their marbles so that they balance,
but this time the constraints are different. Use the interactivity
to experiment and find out what they need to do.
Mo has left, but Meg is still experimenting. Use the interactivity
to help you find out how she can alter her pouch of marbles and
still keep the two pouches balanced.
Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside.
If you were to set the X weight to 2 what do you think the angle
Attach weights of 1, 2, 4, and 8 units to the four attachment
points on the bar. Move the bar from side to side until you find a
balance point. Is it possible to predict that position?
A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off
the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?
Whirl a conker around in a horizontal circle on a piece of string.
What is the smallest angular speed with which it can whirl?
A cone is glued to a hemisphere. When you place it on a table in
what position does it come to rest?
Charles clearly explains why the answer to this problem is 6.
George has explained his thinking nicely by looking at all the different combinations.
Tom and Nick had 2 very different approaches to solving this problem. Can you think of any more?
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This article for teachers sets out some ideas for introducing
children to some of the concepts at the root of mechanics.
The second of two articles explaining how to include talk in maths
An article for teachers and pupils that encourages you to look at the mathematical properties of similar games.
Thinking of circles as polygons with an infinite number of sides -
but how does this help us with our understanding of the
circumference of circle as pi x d? This challenge investigates this