1M20.65 - Non-Circular Wheels

Place the square wheel / axel system on the bumpy road (catenary) track.  As the square wheel moves over the track, the axel height remains the same.
See second paragraph of procedure.
See second paragraph of procedure.
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Non-Circular Wheels
Non-Standard Simple Machines
Area of Study:
Square wheel, bumpy track, arc wheel/axel systems.

Place the square wheel / axel system on the bumpy road (catenary) track.  As the square wheel moves over the track, the axel height remains the same.

Place two arc wheel / axel systems on the table and place a board on top of them.  Move the board back and forth and observe the movement of the arc wheels under it.  You will see that the axels move up and down but that the distance from the table top to the board remains the same.  The board moves along on top of the arc wheels with no up and down motion.

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  • Don Rathjen, Paul Doherty, "Square Wheels", Square Wheels, 2002, p. 113.

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