The Science of Sustainability

MAKE it at Home: Table-Top Linear Accelerator

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QUEST teams up with Make Magazine to construct the latest must have, do-it-yourself device hacks and science projects. This week we'll show you how to make a tabletop linear accelerator that demonstrates the finer points of kinetic energy by shooting a steel ball.

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Chris Bauer

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Chris Bauer is a Media Producer for QUEST. Chris has nearly 20 years experience working in broadcast television; producing sports, history, technology, science, environment and adventure related programming. He is a two-time winner of the international Society of Environmental Journalists Award for Outstanding Television Story and has received multiple Northern California Emmy Awards. Some of his Quest stories have been featured in the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, United Nations Association Film Festival, the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC. A 5th generation Bay Area resident and a graduate of St. Mary's College of California, his hobbies include canoeing, snowboarding, wood-working and trying to play the ukulele. He and his family live in San Francisco.
  • Sambhav

    Do the nickel-plated steel balls have to be magnetised?

    • Sambhav

      I just realised how stupid that question was. LOL
      Silly me
      Please answer my other question. ( username YOLO)

  • YOLO

    Can I use 8 Gold plated Neodymium Iron Boron steel balls instead of 4. This also means I will be using 18 Nickel plated steel balls. Just asking so I don't mess it up later.