Rotating Stool And Weights

Purpose

To demonstrate conservation of angular momentum.

Equipment

Rotating stool with weights.

Suggestions

BE CAREFUL. A subject can easily be rotated off the stool.

Images

d3-04

Description

A subject sits on the stool, with his or her arms extended, holding the weights. After the system is set into rotation, the subject pulls the weights in to his or her chest, decreasing the moment of inertia of the system and thus increasing the angular speed of the system.

References

H.W. Dosso, R. H. Vidal, Simple Apparatus for Angular Motion Demonstrations, AJP 30, 528-529, (1962).