What happens to a lit candle on a needle?

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What happens to a lit candle on a needle?
« on: 23/06/2010 11:30:03 »
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If a candle is balanced on a horizontal needle through its near its centre of mass and is lit, please explain the output mechanical power of the system and the phenomenon?

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What happens to a lit candle on a needle?
« Reply #1 on: 23/06/2010 17:28:38 »
A variant of this experiment is to light BOTH ends of a candle impaled through it's mid-point and balanced horizontally on two supports. The candle bobs up and down as each end alternately loses drops of wax - and hence becomes lighter - making the heavier end sink and burn faster. This then loses more wax owing to the accelerated burning, making it lighter so it rises again, and so on until the candle becomes too short for the effect to work any more.

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