Court of Forces

Isaac Newton said it first, but we live it every day. Every time we push on the universe (sit in a chair, pull on a rope, fall down), the whole universe pushes back. Force (a push or a pull) can cause an object to move, stop moving, or change direction. When you write with a pen you exert a force. When you pedal a bike, blow your nose, turn on a faucet, chew gum, or swim in a pool, you are exerting forces on other objects. The exhibits found in the Court of Forces demonstrate the concepts of inertia, gravity, centripetal force, friction, action/reaction, and collisions.

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