School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Rotational Motion & Gyroscopes

Mi-1 Rotating Stool

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate the conservation of angular momentum.

Mi-2 The Inclined Plane

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate the influence of moment of inertia on bodies rolling down an inclined plane.

Mi-3 Precession

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate precession i.e. a rotating body is said to precess when, as a result of an applied couple, the axis of which is at right angles to the rotation axis, the body turns about the third mutually perpendicular axis.

Mi-4 Gyroscope in a Suitcase

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

A fun filled demonstration of the gyroscopic characteristics of a rotating wheel.

Mi-5 Moment of Inertia

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate the dependence of the moment of inertia on the distribution of mass with respect to the axis of rotation.

Mi-6 Mobile Gyroscope

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate that a rotating axis will maintain direction, with three degrees of freedom.

Mi-7 Double Wheel Gyroscope

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate that the angular momentum is a vector quantity.

Mi-8 Gyroscopic Stabilisation

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate the stabilisation properties of gyroscopes

Mi-9 Knife Edge Gyroscope

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006

To demonstrate the inherent stability of a gyroscope

Mi-10 Flattening of the Poles

Published: Thursday 30 April 2009

To demonstrate the flattening of 2 rings under the influence of the centrifugal force.

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