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  • Beakman's World: Centripetal Force

    Beakman attaches a small weight to the end of a string and puts it in a tube with a barbell attached to the other end of the string. While spinning the top weight in a circle, he creates a pull in the middle and it pulls up on the barbell.

  • Sesame Street: Grover Uses Force

    Grover explains and demonstrates the concept of force by pulling a rope. He also illustrates how to influence force by inviting friends to pull the rope with him.

  • Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back: Luke Learns The Force

    Luke tries to use the Force to recover a sunken ship. He is unable to fully recover it because of its weight. This clip shows that force is proportional to the mass of an object.

  • Bill Nye, the Science Guy: Granny Tug of War

    Hazel Fanny the Science Granny demonstrates balanced and unbalanced forces using a game of tug of war. When forces are in balance, they are equal, and no movement occurs. When forces are unbalanced, they are unequal, and movement occurs.

  • Beakman's World: Inertia Keeps us Grounded

    Through a cartoon movie, Beakman explains why your stomach feels weird on a roller coaster and why the biggest hill is the first one. He hangs a bowling ball from the ceiling with a cable and then swings the ball to squish a watermelon (energy in and energy out). He then puts himself where the watermelon was and shows that the ball can't swing any farther than the point at which he lets go. Beakman goes on to explain that centripetal force prevents us from falling out of the roller coaster and demonstrates it. He uses a tray containing a glass of milk and a cupcake and quickly spins it around to show that nothing falls off. He then explains why inertia keeps us from falling to the ground and brings all of the concepts together.