Slinky Drop

View a Slinky in slow motion to build a better understanding of tension force. A lesson in the Veritasium playlist experiments with a Slinky to analyze the forces acting on it. Using slow-motion video allows scholars to verify the motion of the Slinky with surprising results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Recreate the Slinky experiment in class to verify results
  • Draw a force diagram to represent the forces on the stretched Slinky
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of gravity and tension forces

  • Pauses to give classes time to make predictions
  • Includes an extension of the original video

  • None