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How does the angular momentum of a bicycle wheel compare to the torque exerted by the rider?Discuss how this supports or contradicts what you see in a typical bicycle wheel gyroscope physics demonstration like the one shown in the video to the left.This topic is covered quite well in chapter 11-9.A rapidly spinning gyroscope behaves differently. Assume it is released with the shaft angled slightly upward. It first rotates slightly downward but then, while it is still spinning about its shaft, it begins to rotate horizontally about a vertical axis through support point O in a motion called precession.Why Not Just Fall Over? Why does the spinning gyroscope stay aloft instead of falling overlike the nonspinning gyroscope?
GYROSCOPIC EFFECT4The clue is that when the spinning gyroscope is released, the torque due to Mg: must change not an initial angular momentum of zero but rather some already existing nonzero angular momentum due to the spin (Halliday 317).A bicycle has the same torque applied to its tires. The faster the tires spin, the more stable the bicycle is. I have first-hand knowledge of this. As a child, my friends and I would see