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Parameters for Fantastic Contraption

Yes, I did some experiments with [Fantastic Contraption](http://fantasticcontraption.com/) ([Water sticks in Fantastic Contraption](http://blog.dotphys.net/2008/10/water-stick-springs-in-fantastic-contraption-the-game/), [Torque from rotating balls in FC](http://blog.dotphys.net/2008/10/torque-produced-by-balls-in-fantastic-contraption/), [Basic stuff in FC](http://blog.dotphys.net/2008/10/physics-of-fantastic-contraption-i/)). But apparently, there is a wiki with some of the answers: [List of physics parameters for Fantastic Contraption](http://fc.therisenrealm.com/wiki/List_of_physics_parameters) I assume these are values from the actual program, not experimentally determined. (Thanks for…

Here is what is cool about [Fantastic Contraption](http://fantasticcontraption.com/) – it’s like a whole new world, a world ready for exploring. I am Newton, and I can see if this world follows the models that I propose. In this post, I am going to explore the elastic nature of the “water-sticks”. If you have played fantastic…

The fun part about exploring the physics of [Fantastic Contraption](http://fantasticcontraption.com/) is coming up with new setups to test ideas. Torque is not too difficult to set up. Here is what I did: ![Screenshot 04](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/screenshot-041.jpg) In this setup, I have a “turning ball” with a wood stick attached to the side. I increased the length of…

Physics of Fantastic Contraption I

One of my students showed me this game, [Fantastic Contraption](http://fantasticcontraption.com/). The basic idea is to use a couple of different “machine” parts to build something that will move an object into a target area. Not a bad game. But what do I do when I look at a game? I think – hey! I wonder…

Force Rocket Game Level 2

Popular demand (from a few people – you know who you are) requested another level for the force game. I am open to naming this game. Ideas for levels have been suggested also. There is a new rule change. You must be stopped (or almost stopped) in the red circle. Learn more about this project…

A physics-based Scratch game

I already said I like [scratch from MIT](http://scratch.mit.edu). After building a simple rocket model, the kids said it should be a game. I caved. Here it is: Learn more about this project To play, press the space bar. The arrow keys are rocket thrusts. The goal is to get to the red circle in as…