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Physics Experiment Report Example Name: Ryan Schaal Title: Newton’s Cradle Hypothesis: Using a virtual simulation of Newtons cradle you can witness the transfer of energy between the metal balls suspended by ropes. This experiment help demonstrate the correlation between Newtons Second and Third laws. Overview: During the experiment you will use a simulation based on Newtons cradle where five metal balls are suspended from string. To run the simulation, you will chose how many balls you want to swing to start with. When you start the simulation the outside number of balls chosen will be raised and released, this creates acceleration (Newton’s Second Law) towards the set of balls remaining stationary. When the balls strike the first stationary ball, you can witness the transfer of kinetic energy and Newton’s Third Law. The energy from the swinging balls is transferred through the stationary balls and there is an equal reaction where the same amount of balls is forced the opposite direction on the other side of the stationary balls.

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