Viscous and nonviscous models of the partially filled rolling can

K. A. Jackson, J. E. Finck, C. R. Bednarski, L. R. Clifford

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We examine the motion of soft drink cans rolling down an incline as a function of the amount of water in the can. Our observations show this behavior to be remarkably complex. We introduce models suggested by the experimental results which describe the limiting cases of a nonviscous fluid and an infinitely viscous fluid, and compare the results of the model calculations to our observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-282
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1996
Externally publishedYes


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