Centre of gravity

gymnast by euze on flickr

Ever wondered how gymnasts and acrobats can do things like this?  We’re about to discover how.  We will learn about centre of gravity (or centre of mass) and stability.

  • Why are Formula 1 racecars so low?
  • Why is it difficult for a tightrope walker to balance on a tightrope?
  • On a double decker bus why shouldn’t all the passengers sit upstairs?
  • Why does a wineglass have wide base?

We will do a lab to identify the centre of gravity of different regular and irregular shapes.  This is the instruction sheet. Centre of Gravity G10 IntSci2

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