Stress Relief: The Science of the Slingshot

Jan. 1, 2000

Here's a thought. Give kids an Introduction to Science Based on the Technology of the Slingshot. "What? Don't you dare....You'll put your eye out if....

Though many children create slingshots, they are much more than just a toy—they may also provide access to physics and mechanical engineering. Energy storage, efficiency, and dynamics can be made understandable based on slingshot technology. It is the subject of the latest book of Professor Claus Mattheck, “Die Mechanik der Schleuder – erläutert mit einfühlsamen Worten von Pauli dem Bär” (The Mechanics of the Slingshot – Explained Empathetically by Pauli, the Bear).

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