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Magic Disk - 2 Cups and Tape to Color

Magic Disk - 2 Cups and Tape to Color

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Published by: Sworna Vidhya Mahadevan on May 10, 2013
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What You Need
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• 2 clear plastic cups • masking tape • colored markers

Try It Out !

Science Scoop See the circle of tape that attaches the cups? When you spin the cups, this circle of tape also spins. If the cups spin fast enough, the images of the parts of the circle move so quickly that your eyes and brain can’t see them separately.Your brain blends the images of the circle together, making you think you see a “magic” round ball.

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1 Tape two cups
together so that the open ends are touching.


2 Color the tape
with a marker.

3 Place the taped
cups on their sides, and spin them like you are spinning a top. Look at the cups from eye level and from above. What do you see?
Sent in by Erich N. of Oshkosh, WI


Now it’s time for you to experiment. What happens if you use more than one color or draw patterns (such as stripes) on the tape? What happens if you spin the cups more quickly or more slowly? Choose one thing to change (that’s the variable), and make a prediction. Then test it and send your results to ZOOM.

ZOOM is produced by WGBH Boston. Funding for ZOOM is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and public television viewers. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. TM / © 2002 WGBH Educational Foundation


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