Inertia is sometimes difficult to understand - here on Earth - because we are subject to balanced and unbalanced forces all the time and we don't bother to notice , ....
Some would say, perhaps we are too lazy?!?
Now, it will get a bit more tricky. You might find the history of acceleration and velocity are pretty entertaining...
It is OK to watch more than once
Start with Newtons First Law (takes a bit to load sometimes)
There are many more applications of Newton's first law of motion. Several applications are listed below. Perhaps you could think about the law of inertia and provide explanations for each application.
- Blood rushes from your head to your feet while quickly stopping when riding on a descending elevator.
- The head of a hammer can be tightened onto the wooden handle by banging the bottom of the handle against a hard surface.
- A brick is painlessly broken over the hand of a physics teacher by slamming it with a hammer. (CAUTION: do not attempt this at home!)
- To dislodge ketchup from the bottom of a ketchup bottle, it is often turned upside down and thrusted downward at high speeds and then abruptly halted.
- Headrests are placed in cars to prevent whiplash injuries during rear-end collisions.
- While riding a skateboard (or wagon or bicycle), you fly forward off the board when hitting a curb or rock or other object that abruptly halts the motion of the skateboard.
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Can you use these for your inertia demonstration?
You can, if you can explain the connection/application to inertia !