Inertia Demonstration Device

Inertia Demonstration Device

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Description
This simple inertia demonstration device—consisting of a card, a ball resting on a pillar, and a spring mechanism—shows that when the card is struck, it will fly off and the ball will remain in place. This may date from around 1846 when New York State issued a charter to the Collegiate Department of the Hamilton Literary & Theological Institution, the precursor institution to Colgate University.
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Pike’s Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1856), vol. 1, p. 141.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
inertia demonstration apparatus
Measurements
overall: 13 1/8 in x 12 1/16 in x 4 1/8 in; 33.3375 cm x 30.63875 cm x 10.4775 cm
ID Number
PH.318734
catalog number
318734
accession number
234695
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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