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View Resource Bicycle Wheel Gyro

This Exploratorium site provides a demonstration using an ordinary bicycle wheel and rotating stool to show how gyroscopes behave. A person sitting on the stool is turned due to a change in the direction of the axis of rotation of the bike wheel. The site provides an explanation of the physics involved including the concepts of the conservation of angular momentum and torque. There is also an...

View Resource Gravity Probe B: Testing Einstein's Universe

Gravity Probe B is the relativity gyroscope experiment being developed by NASA and Stanford University to test two extraordinary, unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity. The experiment will use changes in the direction of spin of four gyroscopes contained in an Earth satellite to measure how space and time are warped by the presence of the Earth, and, more...

View Resource Topic in Depth - Gyroscopes

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.

View Resource 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 well as giving several other helpful links to help understand the device.

View Resource 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 of how the personal transportation device uses a special type of gyroscope...

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