Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect

In 1852, a German physicist, Magnus, talked about an effect first described by Isaac Newton in 1672. Part of a series, an interesting video explains the Magnus effect and previous attempts to apply it to transportation. It also shows a fascinating demonstration of the effect and future applications.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the boats using this effect
  • Discuss future applications of the Magnus effect
Classroom Considerations

  • Avoid the comment section, as it includes many words not appropriate for the classroom

  • Includes links to videos about the technology mentioned
  • Offers closed captioning in 25 languages for ELLs
  • Connects history to future technology

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