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20 August 2011

Moving a colossal statue

This is for the folks who will be thinking about force and motion this fall, and who are interested in simple machines.

Text from the YouTube page:

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On Monday, August 15, 2011, a monumental statue of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenemhat II (ca. 1919--1885 B.C.) was installed in the Met's Great Hall. It is a special loan from the collection of the Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin -- Preussischer Kulturbesitz. It will remain in the Great Hall for one year and will be on loan to the Met for ten years.

What were the challenges for the museum personnel? How did they solve them?  Can you think of other ways they might have solved them?  What simple machines do you see in the video? Which laws of motion do you see being illustrated?