School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Me-1 Bicycle Ergonometer

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To illustrate in human terms the power required to light a globe.

Apparatus

Bicycle ergonometer

Diagrams

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Bicycle Ergometer pic 2

Bicycle Ergometer Pic

Description

Pedal power turns an ordinary car generator which has two 24V 250W globes as a load. A voltmeter and ammeter allows an estimate of power to be made.

POWER = V × I

1 HORSEPOWER = 746 Watts

Safety notes

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