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Circus Physics
 

Circus Physics

Juggling, acrobatics, and...physics? The circus isn't just entertaining. It's also a great place to view the laws of physics in action.

From projectile motion to center of mass to linear momentum, take a seat in the big top and watch this eight-video collection.

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Circus Acrobats Game

Circus Acrobats Game

The physics of acrobatics are intense and so is this game from phyfun. Get your acrobat to stick his landing or lose points trying. More...

Game
PhyFun.com
The Physics of Knife Throwing

The Physics of Knife Throwing

Typical throwing knives are 14 inches long, and about an eighth of an inch thick. This is important, because the balance is what allows the accuracy. Find out more from the Great Throwdini. More...

Video
Big Think
What Physics Concepts Are Involved in Juggling?

What Physics Concepts Are Involved in Juggling?

The most important force when juggling is gravity. Gravity limits what jugglers can do, because it puts time limits on the toss and catch of the object being juggled. Find out other forces at work. More...

Article
Discovery
Bed of Nails

Bed of Nails

Since a single nail can go straight through your shoe if you step on it, how can anyone lie on a bed of nails without getting seriously injured? Discover the physics secret behind the feat. More...

Video
Hooked on Science
Center of Mass

Center of Mass

Nanjing acrobats must be aware of their centers of mass and all the forces that could cause them to lose their balance! Find out how they uses those forces. More...

Video
PBS
Circus Science: How to Balance Anything

Circus Science: How to Balance Anything

Ever have trouble keeping your balance when your backpack is weighed down? Investigate the best ways to balance objects (and yourself) with this edible activity. More...

Activity
Scientific American
Pendulum Motion

Pendulum Motion

Pendulum motion depends less on the height of the swing, and mainly on the length of the pendulum. How do circus performers, like trapeze artists, take advantage of this knowledge? More...

Video
PBS
Spare-Change Circus: Walking Coins on a (Vertical!) ‘High Wire’

Spare-Change Circus: Walking Coins on a (Vertical!) ‘High Wire’

Since you probably don't have a spare tight rope handy, why not make your coins perform? Try it out with this hands on science project. More...

Activity
Science Buddies

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