Collision of two heavy objects creates enough thermal energy to burn a hole in paper.

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Possible Incorporated Topics:

  • heat transfer
  • conservation of energy
  • infrared vision



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  • two chromium steel balls
  • infrared camera
  • printer paper 



  • Position a piece of printer paper vertically and point the infrared camera at it
  • crash the two steel balls together on either side of the paper
  • the collision, if down with sufficient energy, will burn a hole in the paper and a small heat bloom will be visible in the infrared