Fire in Freefall - Rare Physics Experiment

What happens when fire is less affected by gravity? Observe the behavior of fire in a fantastic freefall experiment! A video from the an engaging physics playlist explains the relationship between a flame's shape, buoyancy force, and gravity.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Watch the video as part of a freefall or combustion study
  • Learn more about NASA's cool flames research using an information video, complete with images and explanations
Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure the class understands the concept of buoyancy force before viewing
Pros
  • Great videography allows viewers to watch the experiment from inside the apparatus
  • Illustrations convey the more technical aspects of the phenomenon
Cons
  • None
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