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Topic in Depth - Gyroscopes (6)

This Topic in Depth explores gyroscopes and gyroscopic effect, from introductory materials about how gyroscopes are used in bicycles to research and commercial applications to hypothetical uses, such as in Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons cartoon.


 
What is a Gyroscope?
 
This site from the Canada Science and Technology Museum explains what the term gyroscope refers to, what's special about gyroscopes, how the gyroscopic effect is applied, and other simple but informative descriptions. Here, visitors can learn how gyroscopes stabilize your bicycle and assist navigation instruments.

 
Gyroscope
 
This site, entitled Gyroscope, is offered by the Kenyon College Department of Physics. It describes the history of the gyroscope from its invention in 1852 by the French physicist Leon Foucault to other early variations. Large photographs of the pieces are given along with brief explanations. Visitors can also find a...

 
The Science of Segway
 
From the makers of the Segway, the Human Transporter, comes the Science of the Segway site. The device's most impressive feature is its ability to balance on its own. Designed using the human body as a model, the Segway uses "dynamic stabilization" to keep riders from falling over. Visitors will find an explanation...

 
Gyroscopes.org
 
This site, Gyroscopes.org, provides several informative pages. A gyroscope math section gives an in-depth look at the mathematical principles behind the science of gyroscopes. Visitors will find a time line detailing the history of the gyroscope. The site also explains how a gyroscope works and what they can do, as...

 
Rosie the Robot - a Question of Balance
 
This site, authored by New York Universities' Ken Perlin is the Rosie the Robot - a Question of Balance site. This comical but interesting page explains how The Jetsons TV show's Rosie the robot balances on her wheels. Besides this, visitors will fine interactive applets that they can manipulate to further their...

 
How Gyroscopes Work
 
This site, How Gyroscopes Work, is available from Howstuffworks.com. Everything from the science behind their workings, the concept and cause of precession, various gyroscope uses such as in telescopes and yo-yos, and links to related information are provided.


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