Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 19:01:44 +0100

Author: Urs Lauterburg

Subject: Re: Gyroscope Demos Question


Dough et al.,

This year I have been able to get some extra money to purchase a very
special demonstration gyroscope which was developed specially for
educational purposes by the German Physics and Engineering Professor
Magnus. It's a fancy, hand made high precision Gyroscope allowing to
show all aspects of Gyroscope physics. The gyro is shown at the Phywe

Due to other ongoing projects I have not bee able to develop what I
have in mind so far. I actually want to use a video camera driven by
NI-IMAQ-Vision to analyze precession and nutation movements of the
Gyroscope and trave them graphically while the gyroscope is spinning
in action.

I imagine it to be real nice to observe the actual wonderful
gyroscope in action with the motion of the axis being measured by
image acquisition to analyze the content and produce the
corresponding traces online on a projected computer display. I have
done those kind of things for billiard ball collisions, measuring
deflection angles and I want to extend this now to my beautiful



Urs Lauterburg
Physics demonstrator
Physikalisches Institut
University of Bern

PS: ...and yes, the spinning gyro in the suitcase is of course just a
flywheel and not a Gyroscope suspended by Cardanian support. I don't
know the exact English terminology but in German the therm flywheel
and Gyroscope could also mean the same thing.

>Since Gyro's are being talked about... Does anyone have a cool gyroscope
>setup that they really like using in lecture?
> ...Doug J.
From Sat Nov 19 15:20:12 2005