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The case of the oscillating party balloon: A simple toy experiment requiring a not-so-simple interpretation

Yariv, Amnon and Scheuer, Jacob and Crosignani, Bruno and Di Porto, Paolo (2007) The case of the oscillating party balloon: A simple toy experiment requiring a not-so-simple interpretation. American Journal of Physics, 75 (8). pp. 696-700. ISSN 0002-9505. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:YARajp07

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Abstract

The intriguing midair oscillations of a party balloon, which occur once its buoyancy is no longer capable of keeping it against the ceiling, is shown to require a rather sophisticated explanation in terms of variable-mass dynamics. The ubiquity of this phenomenon, the accessibility of its actual observation, and the subtlety of its analytic description provide a good opportunity for an interesting zero-cost classroom demonstration.


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Additional Information:© 2007 American Association of Physics Teachers. Received 29 November 2006; accepted 30 March 2007.
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:10 Feb 2009 20:54
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