1Q50.21 - Bicycle Wheels - Suspended

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Bicycle Wheels - Suspended
Conservation of Angular Momentum about Vertical Axis
Area of Study:
Bicycle Wheel and Gyroscope with Strings Attached to the Axels.

Some oiling and adjustment of the bicycle axle may be required.  Keep loose clothing away from the spinning bicycle wheel.  Stop the spinning wheel by touching to the floor.

Placing ropes at two different positions on the handle will give you two different precession rates.

The blue Gyroscope may be used in place of the bicycle wheel when dealing with smaller kids.

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