07 Mar, 2012
Breaking a steel wire
PRESENTATION: A steel wire is fixed at both ends of a door hinge, drawing an isosceles triangle. The wire is broken if it is placed horizontally on a rigid surface and a slight force is exerted on its hinge joint.
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