Bicycle Wheel Gyroscope On Pivot

Purpose

To demonstrate gyroscopic precession and nutation.

Equipment

Wheel on stand.

Images

d4-03

Description

Spin the bicycle wheel and release it with a small push to obtain pure precession, or release it without simultaneously pushing it to obtain precession with nutation. Release it with no spin to show that precession only occurs with the pre-condition of angular momentum of the wheel.◙

References

(PIRA 1Q50.20) See also demonstration D4-04: BICYCLE WHEEL GYROSCOPE ON ROPE.