Author:
Ryan Carmichael, Geoffrey Franceschi, Tatiana Erukhimova, Dawson Nodurft, Nicole Cirigioni
Subject:
Physical Science, Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Diagram/Illustration, Module, Unit of Study
Level:
Workforce Education (Technical), Academic Lower Division
Provider:
Texas A&M University
Tags:
  • D2S2
  • Digital Information Literacy
  • Intervention Strategies
  • Intro
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physics Sciences
  • Science
  • TAMU-College Station
  • Work
  • Work and Energy
  • Work-Energy Principle
  • Work-Energy Theorem
  • demos
  • introduction to physics
  • introduction-to-physics
  • physics
  • science
  • work-energy theorem
  • work-energy-theorem
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML, Video

    Education Standards

    Demonstration Videos

    Demonstration Videos

    Overview

    Video demonstration experiments show the laws and concepts in action.

    Soda Can Pile Driver

    Our goal for this experiment is to use the work-energy theorem to crush a soda can. We raise our large weight to some initial height above a soda can, at this max height the weight has zero kinetic energy but a large amount of potential energy.  Once we drop the large weight, the potential energy is converted to kinetic energy, which is then converted into the work done by normal force to crush the can flat. We repeat this experiment again with a smaller weight. When raised to the same height as the large weight, the small weight has a lower potential energy. When dropped, the kinetic energy of the small weight does not produce enough work to crush the can flat.

    Soda Can Pile Driver