Description:A slightly curved track holds a series of steel balls. One ball, superficially similar to the others, is a magnet.
To use: Fill the track with nonmagnetic balls, and release a single ball from one upper end of the track. It rolls down and across the track until is collides with a stationary line of balls. As expected, the last ball in the line moves out with slightly less speed than the incoming ball. Now repeat the demonstration, replacing the first stationary ball in the line with the magnetic ball and the result is quite different. The attractive force of the magnet adds energy to the system, in a quite dramatic fashion.