Hutzler, Stefan; Delaney, Gary; Weaire, Denis; MacLeod, Finn
In textbook descriptions of Newton’s cradle, it is generally claimed that displacing one ball will result in a collision that leads to another ball being ejected from the line, with all others remaining motionless. Hermann and Schmälzle, Hinch and Saint-Jean, and others have shown that a realistic description is more subtle. We present a simulation of Newton’s cradle that reproduces the break-up of the line of balls at the first collision, the eventual movement of all the balls in phase, and is...[Show more]
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