1Q60.25 - Euler's Disk & Wobbler
The Euler's disk is very easy to use. Spin the heavy disk ( rounded edge down ) on the slightly concave base. If you listen carefully, you should hear the pitch of the spinning disk increasing as the disk slows down.
Place the "Wobbler" on a table and press down on one end with your finger. Let it slide out from under your finger and it will rotate. The figure ( X or O ) on the end that you pressed on will be stroboscopically visible.
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