Gyroscope Gives Geezer Superhuman Powers

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 4 years ago in Science

Sometimes science is just... weird.
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Male 5,413
Good stuff
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Male 2,737
Freakin` sorcery.
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Male 1,471
[quote]"It`s already decided that it wants to go"

No. He pushed it off in that direction with his left hand and momentum took care of the rest. Wheels do not choose. [/quote]

Wrong. The angular momentum of the wheel together with the torque centered on the pivot (his right hand) created by gravity is what decides which way it rotates around the the pivot point. If the wheel was spinning in the opposite direction around the axel, it would go the other way around the pivot as well.
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Male 96
"It`s already decided that it wants to go"

No. He pushed it off in that direction with his left hand and momentum took care of the rest. Wheels do not choose.

Seriously? stfu.
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Male 6,227
@Thonious: The path the spinning wheel takes is not a consequence of any initial push the man gives it; it`s a consequence of the diameter of the wheel and the direction of its spin. In other words, he could never have twirled the wheel above his head in a counterclockwise direction (unless the spin imparted to the wheel was reversed). That`s why he`s saying the wheel "knows" where it wants to go and describes it as "a live thing"; all he can do is go along for the ride.
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Male 987
"It`s already decided that it wants to go"

No. He pushed it off in that direction with his left hand and momentum took care of the rest. Wheels do not choose.
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Male 3,631
Wow - in COLOUR Production!
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Male 5,094
That looks crazy dangerous, I was on the edge of my chair the whole time.
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Male 2,516
yay for angular momentum!
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Male 907
The thing I can`t wrap my head around is how gyroscopic force counteracts the gravitional pull of the earth on the 40 pound end.
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Male 7,123
Yay science.
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Male 878
Haven`t seen Laithwaite in a long time. Is he still alive?
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Male 687
it`s called gyroscoping precession and the fact is he couldn`t do that without spinning himself around
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Male 14,827
I would laugh if he dropped it or the disk got loose. 40 lbs, 13" dia, 2,500 RPM = 67.8k KJ!

It would leave the studio in any direction that it chose to go, through walls and people. I replayed the video and heard him saying it would shoot 200 feet in the air. Sounds about right.
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Female 109
That was cool.
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Male 6,227
Link: Gyroscope Gives Geezer Superhuman Powers [Rate Link] - Sometimes science is just... weird.
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