Week 10: Perpetual Motion


First things first, Perpetual Motion is not a real thing.  But we will look at some interesting “Perpetual Motion” projects.


Robot Review

We’ll check in on everybody’s robot progress.  Discuss next steps.


Perpetual Motion

A perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an energy source. This kind of machine is impossible, as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics.


Let’s put on our Myth Buster hats and see if we can reverse engineer these projects.











Although the next few projects do not claim to be perpetual motion machines, they do share a similar wonder.


Wireless Homopolar Motor


Lorentz effect


World’s Simplest Electric Train


Free Energy


Magnetically Levitated Solar Motor




Complete the second part of the Robot Assignment.

Come in next week with your pitch for the final.

Blog all of your work.  I’m serious.  You won’t pass the class if you don’t blog.


Related Reading/Viewing

Gravity Wheel/Gravity Engine

An Analysis of a Perpetual Motion Machine

Perpetual Motion