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Fun With Chained Metal Beads

A chain of metal beads exhibits some surprising behaviors.

submitted by: Squrlz4Sale
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Fun With Chained Metal Beads. A chain of metal beads exhibits some surprising behaviors.
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5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 26200 Posts
Sunday, June 30, 2013 6:36:55 PM
The rope would need to be really long, 100 feet or more, just to get it going & have enough time to see it happen.
The drop would need to be long too, and the flexibility of the rope is important: to floppy and it won't work, too stiff and it won`t fall properly.

My Mum moved to a 4th floor apartment with a balcony, I`ll give it a try with the longest rope I can find and report back!

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Saturday, June 29, 2013 5:11:49 PM
Squrlz: I think you'd have to weight the end of the rope to get it to pull hard enough, so you`d have to be a few floors in the air. But otherwise, sure, let`s see a test. Anyone?

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:58:26 PM
There remain a lot of unanswered questions here. For example, could you get a rope to do the same thing? How about a heavy rope? Does it *have* to be a beaded chain? If so, why?

(Carmium, I think you hit on some key points. I'd just like to see this tried with a rope.)

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 11683 Posts
Saturday, June 29, 2013 1:30:21 PM
now a religious sort would make a psalm of this
But its all physics

drawman61
Male, 50-59, Europe
 6190 Posts
Saturday, June 29, 2013 2:48:43 AM
What if he stood on a ladder...in a really deep hole. That would confuse it.

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