Puzzler #6. Bottle and Coin

The video clip below, taken from Youtube demonstrates a well-known party trick. A coin is placed on a card and placed over the mouth of a bottle.  Watch the video to see what happens when the card is flicked away with a finger.

And the question is: Why did the coin drop into the bottle and not fly off with the card?

Concepts involved:

  • Newton’s first law of motion, inertia, motion, rest.

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