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This Exploratorium site provides a demonstration using an ordinary bicycle wheel and rotating stool to show how gyroscopes behave.  A person sitting on the stool is turned due to a change in the direction of the axis of rotation of the bike wheel.  The site provides an explanation of the physics involved including the concepts of the conservation of angular momentum and torque. There is also an extension activity. This activity is part of Exploratorium's Science Snacks series.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Rotational Dynamics
- Informal Education
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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© 2006 Exploratorium
angular momentum, conservation law, precession, rotational momentum, torque
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Metadata instance created June 12, 2006 by Ann Deml
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August 2, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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Bicycle Wheel Gyro. (2006, August 2). Retrieved April 14, 2024, from Exploratorium:
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