Mechanics - January 2006, Stage 4&5

Problems

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Inside Outside

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Balance the bar with the three weight on the inside.

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Swings and Roundabouts

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

If you were to set the X weight to 2 what do you think the angle might be?

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Balance Point

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

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?

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Whoosh

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

A ball whooshes down a slide and hits another ball which flies off the slide horizontally as a projectile. How far does it go?

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Whirlyball

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

Whirl a conker around in a horizontal circle on a piece of string. What is the smallest angular speed with which it can whirl?

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Wobbler

Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

A cone is glued to a hemisphere. When you place it on a table in what position does it come to rest?