Elkement’s Theory and Practice of Trying Everything has a charming post here inspired by the imagination-capturing question of what happens to a Slinky if you simply drop it (including a slow-motion video showing just how close reality can be to a Road Runner cartoon). She also puts forth an alternate explanation for just what is seen.

Slinkies are great physics (and mathematics) tools anyway, as they let you play for a while as you pretend to be working out how to model all kinds of wave motion problems.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

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