Have you ever seen the magic trick where someone yanks the tablecloth off a table, and all the dishes and silverware stay in place? Well, it’s not magic - it actually happens because of inertia! Inertia is a physical property of all objects. Because of inertia, a thing will stay at rest (or keep moving how it’s moving) unless it’s pushed or pulled by something else. Otherwise, it’ll stay put, like all the dishes and silverware on the table.
This slow-motion demonstration has way less potential for a plate-breaking mess, and it’s an amazing way to see inertia in action. Try it out!