Returning tin

Returning tin
Publication Date: January, 2014
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This downloadable document contains instructions for an intriguing student practical activity concerning energy conservation and transformation.

The activity involves the construction of a cylinder that when rolled away across the floor, slows, stops and returns.

This device is commonly known as a ‘comeback can’ or ‘returning tin’.

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Evaluating > Critically analyse the validity of information in primary and secondary sources... > ACSIS206
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Planning and conducting > Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to... > ACSIS200
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically > ACSIS198
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers... > ACSSU190
  • Year Senior Secondary > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences