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Gyroscope on turntable

Gyroscope on turntable

A gyroscope in a gimbal sits on a rotating table made out of two wooden blocks. Rotating the whole gyroscope assembly in the opposite direction of the spinning gyroscope causes the gyro to flip.
 

PIRA Code(s): 
1Q50.60
Set up time: 
2 minutes
Physics and Science Concepts: 
Rotational dynamics, Mechanics
Operation: 
Use the string or turn the rotor with your thumb to start the gyroscope spinning. Take care to hold the gyroscope and metal hold in place relative to the top block of wood. Then, spin the wooden block, stop it, and reverse the direction of the spin. The gyroscope will do a spin flip.
Safety: 
None

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