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Magnetic Linear Accelerator

Item#: 17054  
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This fun, portable magnetic linear accelerator (also called the Gauss accelerator or just the magnetic accelerator) is a device that uses the conversion of magnetic (potential) energy into kinetic energy to launch a metal ball with high velocity.

It consists of an 8 inch (20cm) track (in the shape of a space shuttle), four fixed super-strong Neodymium magnets, and 11 mm steel balls. Once the trigger ball is released on one end of the track, it accelerates towards the first fixed magnet (and gains speed and kinetic energy.) Once it hits the magnet, the collision causes the second steel ball on the other side of the magnet to get dislodged and accelerate towards the second magnet. This then repeats three more times at the next three magnets on the track. Ultimately the final steel ball fires off with high speed at the other end of the track.

This product is a great tool for demonstrating collisions and the conversion of energy from magnetic potential energy to kinetic energy in a fun and interactive way.


  • 8 inch (20cm) Space shuttle shaped track made of wood and Plexiglass
  • 4 affixed super-strong Neodymium magnets
  • Ten steel balls, 11 mm in diameter
  • 4 wood cylinder targets
  • 2 wood spatulas (for separating balls from magnets)

WARNING: This item is not designed for kids to use without parental supervision. Steel balls will fire off with high velocity and can be dangerous. Only use this with protective goggles eyewear and do not aim the accelerator at persons or animals.

18 +
Approx. Ship Size:
9.25 x 7.25 x 1.50 inches
23.50cm x 18.42cm x 3.81cm
0 lb 11 oz
0.31 kg

Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Toy contains a marble. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Contains small and dangerous parts. Not for children under 5 yrs. This product contains small magnet(s). Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious infections and death. Seek immediate medical attention if magnet(s) are swallowed or inhaled.

Prop 65 Warning SignWARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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