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Popping the Cork (ME-H-PC)

Popping the Cork (ME-H-PC)

Demonstrates Newton’s third law.


1.  Ring stand
2.  Wire loop
3.  2 straight wire supports
4.  Brass cylinder w/ rubber stopper
5.  Small dropper bottle of water
6.  Propane torch

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    1.  Fill the brass tube with about 1 dropper full of water and place the stopper in the end.
    2.  Set up the equipment as shown.
    3.  Heat the brass tube with the torch.
    4.  Note that the tube and cork fly in opposite directions.

    Caution:  Be sure stopper and tube are  aimed away from students.