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Asked by: Carla
Subject: building a basic gyroscope
Question: I am working on a history project and would love some information on building a basic gyroscope. My teacher said that the gyroscope doesn't have to function well (or even at all) but it just needs to be a basic model of one. Any ideas on materials and construction would be extremely helpful. thanksÜ
Date: 21 February 2004
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Answer: webmaster@gyroscopes.org - 27/03/2004 21:29:00
 Bicycle wheels make good gyroscopes, particularly the front wheels because they don’t have any gears attached. They even have bearings and an axle at each end which you can use as handles. Anything that is disk shape could be used as a gyroscope. You could also think about spinning tops (spinning tops are quite like gyroscopes). Another option is to stick about 10 old CDs together to form one think disk with a hole in. It would then just be a case of finding an axle to go through it.

Hope that helps a little

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