Slinky physics

What happens when you suspend a Slinky by its own weight, and then drop it? Hint: probably not what you think. In fact, if someone told you what happens, you might not believe them. So here’s the slow-motion video proof.

The question asked at the end of this video is answered in a two-minute extension. I’m happy to say I got it right.

via Not Exactly Rocket Science.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Slinky physics

  1. Lilaine says:

    Kinky physics… It’s all in the balance of forces ! šŸ˜‰

  2. Doug Heiken says:

    Another way to think about it is to recognize that the bottom of the slinky is being “held up” by the top of the slinky and the tension througout. When the top is released, the bottom is still being help up, until the top completely collapses.

  3. CathyW says:

    haven’t a clue about the physics of it all but it was quite amazing. What happened before supa slo mo cameras ?

  4. xenatuba says:

    Very cool. And I guessed right. No science, just a guess.

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