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Professor's wheel momentum demonstration

Professor's wheel momentum demonstration

(3.13) Dutch physics professor at MIT, Walter Lewin demonstrates the counterintuitive actions of momentum on a spinning wheel.

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Guest: Jace Whitmarsh (1496 days ago)
Latest comment: Would love to hear a discussion of the connection between this and the behavior of pendulums.
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Latest comment: Would love to hear a discussion of the connection between this and the behavior of pendulums.
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danskal danskal (1497 days ago)
I was piqued by his "none of this is intuitive" comment, and I found an intuitive way to understand it: If the wheel were to just fall down, it would have a large angular momentum around the vertical axis suddenly. Since it can't just magically get angular momentum along a new axis, it compensates by starting to rotate around the string in the opposite direction.
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I was piqued by his "none of this is intuitive" comment, and I found an intuitive way to understand it: If the wheel were to just fall down, it would have a large angular momentum around the vertical axis suddenly. Since it can't just magically get angular momentum along a new axis, it compensates by starting to rotate around the string in the opposite direction.
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Guest: Qmfree (1497 days ago)
professor Eric Laithwaite was conducting experiments in this the 60's and 70's
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professor Eric Laithwaite was conducting experiments in this the 60's and 70's
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MyName MyName (1496 days ago)
Yes but this guy is teaching/demonstrating it, not claiming new advances in science.
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Yes but this guy is teaching/demonstrating it, not claiming new advances in science.
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