Ballistic Pendulum - Laboratory Model

Purpose

To demonstrate operation of the standard laboratory type ballistic pendulum.

Equipment

Ballistic pendulum, as photographed.

Images

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Description

A heavy ball is placed on the compressed spring, as shown in the photograph, and released by pulling the trigger. The ball fires into a catch on the bob of a physical pendulum, causing the bob to swing to a large angle, where it is caught by a ratchet system. Due to lack of time, this device is generally demonstrated only qualitatively during regular class lectures. Appropriate condiments can be delivered if complete measurements are desired.

References

PIRA 1M40.41) See Demonstration Reference File for further information about this device, including details of making measurements.