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  Session: Introductory Courses II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Angular Momentum and the Motorcycle Turn
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:30PM
  Author: J. Ronald Galli, Weber State University
801 626-6158, jrgalli@weber.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The torque from the handlebars that causes the front wheel of a motorcycle to lean and a subsequent torque of gravity that turns the wheel (and therefore the entire motorcycle) is known as counter-steering. This presentation will explain the physics of a typical motorcycle turn. My 4-ball gyro bicycle "wheel" demonstration will be used to explain precession in simple terms.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: 11 JULY 2014 4 BALL GYRO POWERPOINT (4)galli.pptx

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