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Jumping Clamp

Purpose

To demonstrate transformation of mechanical potential energy into kinetic energy.

Equipment

Clamp, string loop, and matches.

Images

c8-14

Description

The clamp is held open with a string. When the string is burned, the clamp closes rapidly, jumping into the air. What happens to the energy after the clamp has stopped moving?

C. Kinematics and Dynanmics

C. Kinematics and Dynanmics

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