# Balancing Forks Activity

```Procedure:
Procedure:
1. Start by pushing the forks together (technically referred
to as wedging the tines of the forks).
1. Start by pushing the forks together (technically referred
to as wedging the tines of the forks).
2. Balance the forks on your finger to find the middle point.
This is where the toothpick should be inserted between
the fingers (tines) of the fork.
2. Balance the forks on your finger to find the middle point.
This is where the toothpick should be inserted between
the fingers (tines) of the fork.
3. Carefully rest the toothpick on the rim of the glass. Just
slide the toothpick back and forth along the rim until you
think you've found the perfect balancing point. Slowly pull
your hands away to reveal the amazing balancing fork
contraption.
3. Carefully rest the toothpick on the rim of the glass. Just
slide the toothpick back and forth along the rim until you
think you've found the perfect balancing point. Slowly pull
your hands away to reveal the amazing balancing fork
contraption.
4. You can add another step by lighting the tooth pick on
fire.
4. You can add another step by lighting the tooth pick on
fire.
What is the science behind these balancing forks?
Explanation:
What is the science behind these balancing forks?
Explanation:
The forks should balance on the glass, this picture is a
much better indication of what should happen:
Even after the tooth pick is gone (Because of the fire) the
forks should still remain balanced!
Explanation:
Center of gravity: The center of gravity of any object is
the point about which you can balance the object as if all
the masses were concentrated or gathered at this point.
In other words, it's the point at which the object balances
from left to right, front and back, and top and bottom. In
your balancing fork act, the center of gravity is directly
below the spot where the toothpick rests on the rim of the
glass. If you look closely at your balancing fork-art, you'll
notice that the fork handles are positioned below the
toothpick. This actually puts the center of gravity directly
below the point where the toothpick is balanced (called
the pivot point). Here's where it gets really strange: the
center of gravity, where the forks balance front and back,
left and right, top and bottom, is actually hanging in midair.
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