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Title: Inertia at Work
Authors: Dhalait, Iqbal Abdul
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: YOU have probably seen a magician pull a tablecloth off a table without upsetting any of the table settings. You may not have tried this trick yourself with your family’s dishes and glasses because of fear breaking the costly fragile utensils. The magician performing this trick wasn’t really using magic. He or she just had a good understanding of a scientific principle called Inertia. It is the property of matter by which an object continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force. You may want to try some simple experiments that will help you understand inertia and how that magic trick works.
Page(s): 53-54
ISSN: 0036-8512
Appears in Collections:SR Vol.47(02) [February 2010]

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