experiMENTALS: Gravity defying wheel

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


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This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students about the process of demonstrating resistance to change in a spinning a bike wheel to observe the principles of a gyroscope.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-10PW) describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations

(SC4-11PW) discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations

(SC5-10PW) applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU117) Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object

(ACSSU155) Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems

(ACSSU229) The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics

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Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Angular momentum
File type:
ABC - eXperiMentals
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Resource ID: 855e3dc9-be50-4f4b-8ad9-823b96de2596