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There are many ways to experiment with your mammoth ramp walker! Here are a few things to try:
There are two simple machines causing the life-like walking movements of your mammoth ramp walker: levers (the mammoth’s legs and feet) and an incline plane (the ramp).
The curvature of the mammoth’s feet is key to its movement. The small curves added to the feet cause the mammoth to rock back and forth from one leg to another. One front leg makes contact with the surface of the ramp while the other leg lifts up, causing the mammoth to “walk.” A transfer of energy also takes place: The potential energy from the leg touching the surface is transferred to kinetic energy when the leg lifts up and springs forward.
For the ramp to work, it needs to have a certain level of friction and the proper angle. If the ramp’s surface is too smooth, the mammoth will slide down; if it’s too rough, the mammoth will not move at all. If the ramp is too steep, the mammoth will tumble down; if it’s too flat, the mammoth will stand still.
Mammoths stood and walked on their toes! A large pad between the mammoth’s toes added support to their feet, allowing them to stand on their toes. The soles of their feet had many cracks, which allowed them to grip surfaces while they walked. Cats, dogs and other mammals also walk like this.