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Author Gurstelle, William.

Title Backyard ballistics : build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices / William Gurstelle.

Imprint Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    531.55 GUR 2012    Available
 PAS Allendale Branch Non-Fiction    531 GUR 2012    Available
Edition 2nd ed.
Description xxiii, 210 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Note "Expanded and even more explosive."
Includes index.
Contents Keeping safety in mind -- The potato cannon -- Back porch rocketry -- The Cincinnati fire kite -- Greek fire and the catapult -- The tennis ball mortar -- The sublimator -- The flinger -- Pnewton's petard -- The powder keg -- The dry cleaner bag balloon -- The carbide cannon -- The electromagnetic pipe gun -- The ballistic pendulum.
Summary This updated and expanded step-by-step guide enables ordinary folks to construct more than 13 awesome ballistic devices using inexpensive household or hardware store materials. Clear instructions, diagrams, and photographs show how to build projects ranging from the simple, a match-powered rocket, to the more complex, a tabletop catapult, to the classic, the infamous potato cannon, to the offbeat, a Cincinnati fire kite. With a strong emphasis on safety, Backyard Ballistics also provides troubleshooting tips, explains the physics behind each project, and profiles such scientists and extraordinary experimenters as Alfred Nobel, Robert Goddard, and Isaac Newton, among others. This book will be indispensable for the legions of backyard toy-rocket launchers and fireworks fanatics who wish every day were the Fourth of July.
Subject Science -- Experiments.
Ballistics -- Experiments.
ISBN 9781613740644

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