Are you a Christopher Columbus?
Columbus was faced with the challenge of crossing a vast distance in the shortest period of time. Are you up to the same challenge?
One thing that really helps the race car drivers stay on the track is that the curves are banked. We can use the vortex in Chaos to illustrate and understand banked curves.
Changing Directions on a Dime
What is the purpose of a tennis racquet or a baseball bat? Explore the effects of impact and unbalanced forces on objects such as tennis balls and baseballs.
Round and Round She Goes...
Can the ball go around a circular track forever without slowing down? The answer is yes... sort of!
Simulate a ski race with Chaos and watch how balls move through the turns. Learn about racing by making a few simple observations from a simulated race course.
The Chaos Arch
If you throw a ball, it goes up and then comes down, following a curved path through the air. Create a fun and easy way to see the path the ball takes when flying through the air!
Lost Energy, where did it go?
Explore friction and how it creates energy losses in system. Measure how much energy is lost in a simple Chaos experiment.
The Sloped Track
Downhill skiers and snowboarders know that the steeper the hill the faster the ride! Explore the force of gravity using a simple sloped track.
The Trampoline - A way of converting
energy and doing work
What happens when you jump on a trampoline (or a bed)? Why does it take exercise to keep bouncing? Explore energy, work and real life bouncing the Chaos way!
Tick, Tock, A Chaos Pendulum
How does a grandfather clock work? In the late 1580's a man named Galileo made a startling discovery... something that would change timekeeping forever. Explore his discovery with your Chaos toy.
Test your intuition as you design a system of roads to best handle the traffic in Chaosville.
Make a lasso where you're part of it. Use it to explore centripetal forces. Be ready to get dizzy!
The Power of Machines
With the aid of machines we can lift heavy objects with very little force. Explore how to do this using your Chaos motor and a pulley.
You're Pushing It
Have you ever seen the wind push a sailboat? Build your own self-powered Chaos boat.
Energy is tranferred from one form to another all around us. See how this works in a pendulum and a UFO!
The Tortoise and the Hare
Think you know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare? Then pick a winner from this mismatched pair!
On an old west trail, the cook's flapjacks flip and fall. On this course the ball tells all. That tale's not tall!
"Disappear!" said the ball to the ball. But which dissolved which? That's the riddle to solve.
When the course starts getting hot, put a lid on it, right over the spot.
If you've knocked me, then I've knocked you, like the wall that struck the ball, or the floor that struck the shoe.
To measure a velocity, try this easy recipe: One part distance, one part time, one part direction, one part rhyme.
Galileo's Famous Gravity Tool
The genius of the telescope also turned his gaze to a gentle slope: An inclined plane of his own invention, to which all good physicists now pay attention.
Shoot The Hoop
Said the acrobat on the trampoline, "I'm feeling very elastic". Said the ball to the hoop, "I was aimed to make this basket".
So now you're the Chaos master of all. Then it's time to follow the bouncing ball.
The Way The Ball Bounces
Large or small, where does a ball get the bounce that sends it tall?
We've included some photos of some layouts for your reference.
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