Download the phenakistoscope template, using 12 frames do a simple motion study animation. These can be either hand drawn or created using Adobe Illustrator. Once complete post a photograph of your Phenakistoscope to the class blog.
In the 1830’s a number of inventors created similar devices that relied on the principle of persistence of vision. Joseph Plateau, a Belgain physicist, is noted for improving upon the well established Phenakistoscope meaning to “cheat” or “deceive”, which is also know as the magic disk. The same year Simon von Stampfer, an Austrian mathematician, created a Stroboscopic Disk.