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What is the Slinky Drop? Watch in slow motion…

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Slinky Drop in Slow Motion! How does a slinky fall when extended by its own weight and then released? We were surprised by the answer — and especially by what the answer looks like. Veritasium‘s Derek Muller meets with Associate Professor Rod Cross, a physicist at the University of Sydney, to sort it all out in slow motion. Watch the next video below for some answers:

slinky drop

And here’s part three of Veritasium’s slinky drop series of videos: “What happens to a tennis ball tied to the bottom of a slinky after the top of the slinky is let go?”

slinky with a weight

Related reading: Mechanical longitudinal waves or compression waves.

Related waves, slinky, gravity, and Veritasium videos in the TKSST archives:
• How a Slinky falls in slow motion with The SlowMo Guys
Ridiculous Tricks You Can Do With a Slinky
• How to build your own Wave Machine physics demo
• The Slinky Machine: A hand-cranked, wooden Slinky escalator

Thanks, Todd Burks.

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