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Leaning Tower

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What you need

 

Plastic box

Sand

Water

Smooth brick or other heavy object

Rubber mallet

Instructions

 

Fill half a plastic box with sand

Add water until it fills up to just below the level of the sand.

Place a heavy object upright in the sand. 

Tap the side of the box with the mallet and you'll notice the object will begin to fall over.





Results & explanation

 

Tapping the side of the box makes the sand particles move over each other, making the heavy object fall over.
 

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