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Levitating Top Demonstration

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Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center


Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center


Gyroscopic motion, like that of a spinning top, creates a force that can be used to stabilize an object. Magnets can be used to either attract other magnets or repel them. When the forces of gyroscopic motion, magnetic repulsion, and gravity are all balanced correctly object can be made to levitate.

The amazing process of levitation is displayed excellently using a Levitron top. There are no camera tricks, mirrors or wires used to make our top "float". As hundreds of our visitors can tell you this is just an amazing sight to see.

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Length: 01:07

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (9-12) Physical Science
6. Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces.
SC (9-12) Physics
8. Summarize similarities in the calculation of electrical, magnetic, and gravitational forces between objects.
  • Determining the force on charged particles using Coulomb's law
    SC2015 (9-12) Physical Science
    8. Apply Newton's laws to predict the resulting motion of a system by constructing force diagrams that identify the external forces acting on the system, including friction (e.g., a book on a table, an object being pushed across a floor, an accelerating car).


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