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        Circus | Physics: Center of Mass

        The Nanjing acrobats perform an intricate balancing act which provides a useful illustration of the principles of center of mass. In this unit, students will learn how the concepts of torque and center of mass make it possible for the acrobats to achieve their amazing acts of balance.

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        Circus | Physics: Center of Mass Video

        This video can be used to motivate the study of center of mass and torque. It can also serve as an extra illustration to reinforce previous lessons on these topics. If you watch the video in class, ask students to pause it at different points in the routine and have them identify pivots, lever arms, and torques that they see present in the video. Have students pause the video and estimate where the woman’s center of mass is relative the pivot point. This video includes a transcript.

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        Circus | Physics: Center of Mass 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 several acrobatics performing balancing tricks.

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