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What happens if you release a hanging slinky? [Video]
posted September 22 2011 20:33.07 by Giorgos Lazaridis

So, here is the question. Suppose that you have a slinky in your hand, and you hold one end high while the other end is hanging freely. Then you release the slinky... What do you think that will happen? Will the top end fall first, the bottom end fall first, both ends will fall or the ends will approach each other? Youtube user Veritasium did this experiment for us and filmed it with a high-speed camera.

[Link: Veritasium]
Tags: mechanical   experiments   physics   science   crazy photo/video   

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  • At 28 September 2011, 18:42:19 user _pike wrote:   [reply @ _pike]
    • ....and here is the answer :-)


  • At 23 September 2011, 6:36:41 user de.das.dude wrote:   [reply @ de.das.dude]
    • because of the same spring constant in the slinky, it will contract. and as it is contracting the centre of gravity is actually falling.

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