University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics Force

Physics Circus Demonstrations

Effects

Waves and Sound:
  • Audience Wave
  • Antinode Jumping
  • Hoot Tubes
  • Pipe Organ

Air Pressure:

  • Plunger and Plexiglass
  • Chair Lift
  • Magdeburg Swing
  • Magdeburg Hemisphere
  • Boiling Flask
  • Barrel Crush
  • Ping Pong Cannon
  • Marshmallows
  • Plus: Make your own hovercraft
Bernoulli Effect:
  • Bernoulli Effect
  • Paper Lift
  • Toilet Paper the Tree
  • Ball Spin
  • Floating Beach Ball

Mechanics- Projectile Motion:

  • Ball Drop
  • Simultaneous Fall
  • Faster Than g
  • Range of Canon
  • Howitzer and Tunnel
  • Monkey and Hunter (with live "monkey!")

Mechanics- Collisions:

  • The Physics of Bumpers
  • Egg and Plate
  • Human Rocket
  • Egg and Sheet
  • Human Rocket

Mechanics- Mass and Inertia:

  • Inertia Balls
  • Coat Hanger and Pop Cans
  • Giant Puffer
  • Table Cloth Pull
  • Hit the Nail on the Head
  • Wood Block Stack/Hammer
  • Bed of Nails