PURPOSE: To illustrate the application of rotational forces to a common carnival ride.
DESCRIPTION: Place the little people onto their platform against the wall of the rotor and start the rotor in motion. A trip switch removes the floor, but the people remain pinned against the wall due to centrifugal reaction, and do not fall due to friction with the wall of the rotor. When the rotor slows down, the frictional force of the people against the wall becomes less than component of the gravitational force down the wall and the people fall off the rotor.
REFERENCES: (PIRA 1D50.30)
EQUIPMENT: Fairground rotor model with people, as photographed.
SETUP TIME: None.
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