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ERIC Number: EJ860264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Blowgun Demonstration Experiment
Tsukamoto, Koji; Uchino, Masanori
Physics Teacher, v46 n6 p334-336 Sep 2008
We have found that a simple demonstration experiment using a match or a cotton swab and a drinking straw or an acrylic pipe serves as an effective introduction to dynamics. The most basic apparatus has a cotton swab serving as a dart and the straw as the blowgun. When blown from a starting point near the exit end of the straw, the cotton swab does not fly a significant distance. When the starting point is closer to the lips, the straw is projected 2-3 m. If two or three straws are connected to form a longer blowgun, the cotton swab flies even farther.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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