Steve Spangler Science: The Unbelievable Pendulum Catch

Will your hex nuts crash to the ground? Discover the shocking result yourself!

It’s a classic comedy bit from the silent movie era. The villain hoists a piano to a third- or fourth-story window just waiting for the unsuspecting victim to stand below the precariously perched piano. The rope is cut, the piano crashes to the ground . . . but the victim always seems to stumble away in a daze. Okay, that’s the movies, but there is something interesting about a free-falling pendulum. So, get a piano, a rope, and an army of friends . . . okay, maybe not. First, try your luck with simple objects you can find around the house.

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Energy (Potential and Kinetic), Physics
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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