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Old 2002-10-13, 10:53 PM   #39
Klaas Bil
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Re: How do you turn corners?

On Sat, 12 Oct 2002 18:14:08 -0500, gauss
<gauss.cfog0@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>I am not for sure yet, but looking at the equation it seems that a
>decrease in the mass of the wheel means that there is a smaller required
>force to make the same precession. As I think you pointed out earlier,
>the relationship is linear, meaning that the limiting case of a massless
>wheel would require no force to make a precession. This seems sort of
>intuitive.


I figured that out too, for a coin, or a wheel only. You argued that
the polar momentum of the unicycle and rider is quite small; yet it's
of course not negligible. And then a rider can increase it by
stretching out his arms right? And even further if he would hold
weights. Would he then need to lean more to make the same turn
especially if the wheel is light?

It still is a bit elusive to me, but maybe we should stop the
discussion here, I think we've drifted off-topic for too long.

Klaas Bil

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