Shoot The Monkey
- Purpose: Show that the effect of gravity on the launched
ball's vertical motion is equivalent to the effect of gravity on the monkey's
vertical motion; i.e. they fall at the same rate.
- Check out this video from MIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPDoBjlpxXY
- Here are some videos of this very demo. Real time, Slow-motion, Slow-motion face on.
- Located in L02, section B3.
- Some tips for setting up this demo in SC 199 (Cunniff):
Set up everything on the right (as you face the boards) side of the room.
Clamp the target holder to the top rail of the outermost of the movable boards,
about halfway across the length. (The large right angle clamp will be at an
odd angle, but that's okay. Attach the larger of the two rods to this clamp,
then put the little right angle clamp about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way out on this
rod. Next, attach the smaller rod, and finally clamp the target holder to
the small rod.)
Attach the metal target plate (w/optional monkey) to the magnetic release,
and slowly raise the board as high as it will go.
Clamp the launcher to the front edge, right corner, of the front center table.
Look through the back of the launcher to aim it. (Angle should be about 28
Remember to keep the trigger box disarmed while loading the launcher! (And,
of course, flip the switch to "Armed" before launching the ball!)