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What are the possible defects that makes a newton's cradle function ineffectively? Answered

I have made a newton's cradle but it didn't function well. I made use of 5 billiard balls, nylon string and wooden base. What suggestions can you make for my newton's cradle to work effectively? Thank you. 

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caarntedd (author)2012-01-07
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steveastrouk (author)2012-01-06

Pictures needed.

The main problem is probably a weak framw, or your balls are held wrongly.

Steve

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Regarding the correct way to hold these balls:

" Some balls are held for charity
And some for fancy dress
But when they're held for pleasure
They're the balls that I like best.
"
;-)

This quote is of course from the AC/DC song, "Big Balls", from their 1976 Album, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W-fIn2QZgg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Deeds_Done_Dirt_Cheap

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canucksgirl (author)2012-01-06

Show some pictures if you have them... there could be a variety of reasons.

Don't feel too bad. Mythbusters attempted this with massive wrecking balls. They failed miserably.

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Kiteman (author)2012-01-06

How is the string attached to the billiard balls?

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lemonie (author)2012-01-06

Your balls need to be very accurately strung; check the diameters precisely and space the centres of the nylon at exactly the same distance apart.
Thinner nylon and longer lengths should help.

L

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rickharris (author)2012-01-06

?? Pardon sir - you will be asking which side I dress next! :-)

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steveastrouk (author)rickharris2012-01-06

Ofcourse your balls must be the same size, so that momentum is properly conserved when you smash them together.

Makes your eye2s water doesn't it ?

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