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This lab uses embroidery hoops, metal nuts, and Erlenmeyer flasks to demonstrate Newton’s First Law of Motion, also known as the Law of Inertia. Students will balance as many of the nuts as possible on the hoops and then pull the hoop away fast enough to let inertia take over and fall into the flask. Students will then record the size of the hoop they used, the diameter of the nut used, the number of nuts attempted, and the number of nuts that actually fell into the flask on the data tables on the second page.
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