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Find out how to do a less risky version of the pull-the-tablecloth-out-from-under-the-plates "magic trick." The version at this website is particularly interesting because instead of plates on a tablecloth, you'll use a pair of coins balanced on the rim of a glass.  Try it! Also, you'll learn how the concept of inertia explains what happens.
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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Newton's First Law
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Keyword: tablecloth trick
Record Creator: Metadata instance created January 20, 2004 by Kyle Whipple
Record Updated: Jun 21, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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Become a Master of Inertia, (Ontario Science Center, Toronto, 2004), <>.
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Become a Master of Inertia. (2004). Retrieved October 18, 2017, from Ontario Science Center:
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Ontario Science Center. Become a Master of Inertia. Toronto: Ontario Science Center, 2004. (accessed 18 October 2017).
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Become a Master of Inertia. Toronto: Ontario Science Center, 2004. 18 Oct. 2017 <>.
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