Physics Dept. Demonstration Manual

DRD 07.1 - Centripetal Force

Objective:

Illustrate the effects of centripetal force.

 
Apparatus:  
  • Rotator
  • Governor
  • Spherical metal hoop

Method:

The governor and metal hoop are spun on the rotator.

Note:

The metal hoop distorts to show oblateness in a rotating non-rigid sphere such as the earth.

Governor demonstrates the tremendous force exerted.