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Experiment: A game of shove ha’penny

This old English pub game will provide the setting for Newton's second law and the new field of Dynamics.

There’s a lot to be gained from studying games.

Textbooks on Engineering Mechanics use the game of billiards when explaining impulse-momentum. We’ll use the simpler game of shove ha’penny.

This old English pub game will provide the setting for Newton’s second law and the new field of Dynamics.

Talking points

  • Although the game is called shove ha’penny, some people say that it should be spelt halfpenny. We spent hours on this and decided to stay with ha’penny. What do you think?

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