Newton's inertia beads

Newton's inertia beads
Publication Date: January, 2015
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This online resource shows the steps taken for a teacher demonstration that focuses on the concepts of inertia, energy and motion in general.

In this demonstration, a long string of beads is given a slight tug and practically pulls itself out of a container and onto the floor.

The web page includes an explanation of how it works and how to take the demonstration further.

Additional Information

This teacher demonstration could possibly be a student practical activity, if you have enough equipment for students to use in groups.  

Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers... > ACSSU190
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics > ACSSU229
  • Year Senior Secondary > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences