Monkey And Hunter

Purpose

To demonstrate the independence of horizontal and vertical components of motion in a dramatic way.

Equipment

Monkey and hunter assembly, as photographed.

Suggestions

Various gun angles and projectile velocities may be used.

Images

c2-22

Description

The "gun" is aimed at the monkey and shot. As the projectile leaves the muzzle of the gun it breaks a circuit producing the magnetic field which holds the monkey in place. The monkey then begins to fall at the same time the projectile is fired directly at the monkey. Due to independence of horizontal and vertical components of motion, the projectile will strike the monkey.

References

(PIRA 1D60.30) See Demonstration Reference File for further information, including a nice analysis using vectors.