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Air-Bearing Gyroscope, 1Q50.45

Topic and Concept:

Location:

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Abstract:

A large air-bearing gyroscope with a long horizontal shaft with a painted disc mounted for emphasis shows nutation.

Equipment

Location

ID Number

apparatus

[:MechanicsCabinetBayB1: ME, Bay B1, Shelf #2]

[:RedWhiteGasCart: Red and White Gas Carts]

Located in 2103 & 2241 (2223 Upon Request)

Important Setup Notes:

Setup and Procedure:

  1. Place the apparatus on a tabletop.
  2. Connect the attached tube to a supply of compressed air. The supply will most likely come from the [:RedWhiteGasCart: red and white gas carts].

  3. Open the valve to let the compressed air into the apparatus.
  4. Grab hold of the rod sticking out of the air-bearing and give the bearing a spin. The bearing will nutate as it spins.

Cautions, Warnings, or Safety Concerns:

Discussion:

Discuss the physics behind the demonstration, explaining some of the various steps of the demonstration when appropriate.

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