Pop the Balloon

Pop BalloonHow much friction does it take to pop a balloon?

How does inertia and centripetal force work?

Let's find out!

What You Need

  • balloons
  • screws
  • bolts
  • other metal objects such as coins


What You Do

  1. Place a metal object inside a balloon, blow up the balloon, and tie it. Be careful not to swallow the metal object when you blow up the balloon.
  2. Hold the balloon by the stem end. Twirl the balloon and listen to the sound.
  3. What happens to the balloon?
  4. How long does it take before the balloon pops?
  5. Experiment with different numbers of metal items.



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