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        Circus | Physics: Conservation of Angular Momentum

        Students are likely to have noticed that acrobats, gymnasts, ice skaters and half-pipe snowboarders, tuck in their arms and scrunch up their bodies while spinning in the air. By keeping their arms and legs tucked close to their centers of mass, these athletes are able to rotate faster. In this unit, students will learn the basics of angular momentum and its conservation.

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        Circus | Physics: Conservation of Angular Momentum Video

        This video shows how acrobats and gymnasts manipulate their bodies to rotate faster. You can use it to introduce angular momentum and its conservation or to reinforce a previous lesson on these topics. If you watch the video in class, have students pause video at points where the various fliers and skaters change their angular velocity. This video includes a transcript.

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        Circus | Physics: Conservation of Angular Momentum Video Analysis

        These performance clips from the CIRCUS series are provided for use in classroom video analysis activities using VideoPoint or similar software. The video includes footage of the Russian Barre act, Chinese vase juggling and tumbling acrobats.

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