1M20.60 - Wheel & Axle

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Demo Title:
Wheel & Axle
Area of Study:
Wheel and Axle examples.

Many examples of wheels on axles are available.  The 1Q50.20 demonstration can also be used as a large version of a wheel and axle.

  • Curt Suplee, "Wedges and Wheels" Everyday Science Explained, National Geographic, p. 34.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, “A Wheel Problem“, A Demo A Day – A Year of Physical Science Demonstrations, p. 264.
  • Joseph Frick, "# 60 - The Wheel and Axle", Physical Technics: Or, Practical Instructions for Making Experiments in Physics and the Construction of Physical Apparatus with the Most Limited Means, p. 72.
  • "The Wheel and Axis", Pike's Illustrated Catalogue of Scientific & Medical Instruments, 1984, p. 149.

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