"Tops" Trailer

Students experiment with the properties of gyroscopic tops, first feeling a big one push and pull against them, then making a small one of their own. This relates to balance, center of mass, precession, and conservation of momentum. This video also includes one of Mr. Mac’s crazy stories, “Jack and Jill’s Spinning City,” to help students remember the lesson. Difficulty: Easy

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