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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
caarntedd

9 years ago

I'm not touching this.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

9 years ago

Pictures needed.

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

Steve

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

9 years ago

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
Kiteman

9 years ago

How is the string attached to the billiard balls?

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lemonie
lemonie

9 years ago

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
rickharris

9 years ago

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

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

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 ?