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Experiments on a rigid object

Although the significance of twist mightn't be an obvious part of these experiments, when you come to analyse them twist is vital.

Trust us. Although the significance of twist mightn’t be an obvious part of these experiments, when you come to analyse them twist is vital.

If you have already made the force transducers you’ve got most of the kit you need, and the experiments won’t take long. If you haven’t made the rubber band transducers, it’s not too late. Why not make them now.

You’ll get a physical appreciation of the importance of considering twist. And you’ll be ready for the next experiments.

You can download instructions to the experiment in the Downloads section below.

Talking points

  • What would happen if the cardboard wasn’t square when the measurements were made?

Share your experiment

If you attempt the experiment, take a photo and upload it to our Through Engineers’ Eyes Padlet wall. You can include a link to your photo in the comments for this step (click on your post on the Padlet wall and then copy the web address).

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