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    Team Number: 038

    School Name: Lovington High School

    Area of Science: Physics

    Project Title: What Causes Torque to Reverse Itself? A Study and Explanation of the Rattleback (Celt).

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     A rattleback, also known as a celt, is a ten centimeter long plastic toy with a base shaped similar to the hull of a boat. The object's unique shape and placement of the elliptical foci mysteriously allows it to reverse its direction of motion when spun clockwise.

     Our team will attempt to explain why the rattleback reverses direction mathematically and create a physical explanation. We will also simulate the rattleback graphically on the supercomputer where we will change variables such as length, focus, etc.

     We hope to gain knowledge of the mathematical and physical concepts governing the behavior of the celt and understand the effects of altering variables in this process.

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  • Mrs. Pamela Gray
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