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Question from Miss LB (age six and nearly-a-half): What's gravity?… - almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea
if I had to explain, you wouldn't understand
Question from Miss LB (age six and nearly-a-half): What's gravity?

Followup question, for bonus points: How does it work?

The best answer (I may let her choose), will win A PRIZE.
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peeeeeeet From: peeeeeeet Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC) (linky)
It is like MAGNETS only with BIG STUFF instead of METALS.
maviscruet From: maviscruet Date: March 3rd, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC) (linky)
I like this one...... better then anything I could come up with.
isihac From: isihac Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC) (linky)
I'll try and remember to ask the boy (5) that question in the morning - am intrigued to know his answer.
isihac From: isihac Date: March 4th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC) (linky)
"It's up, down, left and right. It's movement."
isihac From: isihac Date: March 4th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC) (linky)
alibee From: alibee Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC) (linky)
Do you want real answers or fun answers?
dakegra From: dakegra Date: March 3rd, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC) (linky)
something which will keep Ms LB happy.
veronikos From: veronikos Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:57 pm (UTC) (linky)
Love made visible in time and space.
alicephilippa From: alicephilippa Date: March 3rd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC) (linky)
Gravity is a lie. The Earth sucks.
chiller From: chiller Date: March 3rd, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC) (linky)
I would suspend a sheet from the four posts of the bed, or similar, and then roll a ball into the middle of it so it makes a dip. And then let her roll smaller or bigger balls across the sheet at different speeds and see what happens. Do they bump into the ball or go past it? What happens if you roll a heavier ball onto the sheet than the one that's already there? And explain that the planet is one of those balls and the moon is another one. And that the gravity of massive Jupiter protects us from space junk (you may need to roll a yoga ball onto the sheet at that point).

And then show her, when she's in the bath, how a floating toy will never stay on its own in open water, but will always move towards either her, or the side of the bath. And that in calm water the same thing happens with ships (providing they don't use their engines or sails) and they end up together.

As to what it is: that is her job to find out! Because nobody knows yet, which is why children are so brillz, because they can find these things out.

Edited at 2011-03-03 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 4th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC) (linky)
Gravitons. Then have her discover the damn things, win the Nobel Prize, profit!

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