Experiment Mu-01

Bicycle Wheel

Description: This experiment demonstrates conservation of angular momentum about a vertical axis.  A bicycle wheel is mounted on good bearings so that it spins about its axis.  A person sits or stands on a freely rotating platform while holding the rapidly spinning bicycle wheel.  By turning the wheel over, the person receives angular velocity in the opposite direction of the spinning wheel.


Rotating with bicycle wheel.


Rotating opposite direction with bicycle wheel.



Materials: Freely rotating platform, mounted bicycle wheel


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