Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines
Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines
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Annotation: Presents step-by-step instructions for creating twelve mechanical contraptions to accomplish such tasks as popping a balloon, using a light switch and watering plants, using stuff found around the house.
Genre: Engineering
Catalog Number: #510494
Format: Paperback
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Publisher: Quarry Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 159 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-631-59526-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-631-59526-4
Dewey: 621.8
LCCN: 2018027954
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
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While chain reaction machines are not useful, they are definitely fun to build and watch. A brief introduction describes how these complicated devices perform mundane jobs by linking a series of simple tasks (e.g., deflating balloons, releasing marbles, and springing mousetraps) to produce a domino effect. It also notes that these outlandish contraptions are sometimes called Rube Goldberg machines, after the inventor and cartoonist whose depictions made them popular. Following a chapter on basic tools and techniques (e.g., making washers, gears, and perfect circles), the book dives into building 13 chain reaction machines, from light switcher and plant waterer to marble launcher and cookie dunker. Each profile comprises materials needed (all easily accessible from home-repair stores) and detailed, step-by-step directions, which are also complemented by high-quality color photographs. In addition, the explanations include sidebars with troubleshooting tips and "Engineering Know-How," which relates the science used, such as force, gravity, resistance, and counterweight, to form the chain reaction. The author leaves plenty of room for experimentation as well in this ideal resource for maker spaces.
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With Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines, you’ll create 13 zany and awesome mechanical contraptions using stuff from around the house.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines invites you into the wonderful world of crazy contraptions inspired by the amazing artwork of renowned cartoonist, engineer, and inventor Rube Goldberg, whose wacky, imaginary machines accomplished a simple task by taking a hilariously complicated route.

In this entertaining and instructive book, mechanical engineer and educator Paul Long gives step-by-step instructions for making low-tech devices using everyday objects in inspired and ingenious ways. Each of the 13 projects demonstrates how to build the machine's various elements and explains how they work together to make a mind-boggling mechanism that delivers hours of fun and fascination.
  • Machines for Your Room. Be the master of your domain with the Door Knocker, Light Switcher, and Door Opener.
  • Machines for Around the House. Get your chores done (and improve your personal hygiene) with the Plant Waterer, Toothpaste Squeezer, and Soap Dispenser.
  • Machines for Fun and Nonsense.The Flag Raiser, Marble Launcher, Music Maker, and Balloon Popper are guaranteed to both amaze and amuse.
  • Machines for Food. With the Vending Machine, Candy Dispenser, and Cookie Dunker, snacking has never been so fun!
You'll also find interesting sidebars on the science behind each gadget, plus tips and tricks for success.

Build Your Own Chain Reaction Machines gives you the know-how to start your own incredible chain reactions!

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