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Monday, November 8, 2010
A force is any push or pull. The guy in the picture is exerting a force.
What is mass?
Mass is the amount of matter in an object. It is measured in grams using a triple beam balance.
What is Weight?
Weight is the pull of gravity on an object. Since weight is a measure of force, it can be measured in Newtons.
1 Pound = 4.45 Newtons
What is a Newton?
Newtons are the metric unit for force. It can be measured using a spring scale.
Is there a difference between weight and mass?
Yes. Weight is a measure of force, and mass is a measure of matter. Your mass always stays the same. Your weight can change depending on your location. If you were on the moon, your weight would be different than it is on Earth, but your mass would be the same.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
The box is the hard area around the dancer's toes. It supports the sides of the foot. The box is made of canvas, linen, and glue. The stiffness may vary in different shoes.
The platform is the part of the shoe that the dancer stands on. It provides a flat surface to balance on.
The vamp is the front of the box. The depth of the vamp varies in different types of shoes.
The shank is what supports the dancer's arch. It is made of hard leather, plastic, cardboard, or burlap. Shanks come in many different strengths. Different strengths are used depending on the strength of the dancer's foot.
Did You Know: Every pointe shoe is handmade. Because of this, every shoe is unique.
Inside a Pointe Shoe:
Image from http://www.dancer.com/peekinside.php
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
How much force (in Newtons) per square centimeter is on a dancer’s toes in pointe shoes? How does this change when a dancer is standing flat, standing on the ball of their foot, and standing en pointe? How does this change when a dancer is standing on one foot?Hypothesis:
There will be the most force (in Newtons) on a dancer’s foot when they are standing on one foot en pointe. The force will be the least per square centimeter when a dancer is standing flat on two feet.