Physics of Pool: Facts or Frictions?
Activity Type: Presentation and Hands-on Activity (Virtual Pool)
Max No. of Participants: 20
Typical On-site Location: Physics Computing Lab (Newton 141)
Duration: 40 min to 50 min
Year Group: 12
Students are given short presentations on aspects of the core mechanics involved in playing the game of pool. Friction is shown to play the key role in governing the exact behaviour of the cue and object balls (such as whether these balls roll, slide, or spin, etc.) After discussion of each topic, the students are invited to try out and test these concepts using the Virtual Pool software.
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