Bicycle Wheel Gyroscope On Rope

Purpose

To illustrate gyroscopic precession in a surprising way. ◙

Equipment

Bicycle wheel gyroscope and wheel.

Suggestions

Set up the students for this by showing them this same bicycle wheel gyroscope on a rigid pivot. Then ask◙them if one of the conditions to obtain precession might be a strong, rigid pivot!

Images

d4-04

Description

Spin the wheel, then hang it from the end of the rope with the rope vertical and the wheel axel in a horizontal orientation. It will precess with the rope remaining vertical. ◙

References

(PIRA 1Q50.21) See also demonstration D4-03: BICYCLE WHEEL GYROSCOPE ON PIVOT.◙