Share
 

Ask an Explainer

Q:

How does a gyroscope work?

A:

It works because of the conservation of angular momentum.

 

Angular momentum is the amount of spin the gyroscope has. When you start spinning it, you've added a whole lot of angular momentum to the horizontal plane. And that momentum doesn't want to change or go away: it wants to stay part of the wheel, until something comes and changes it. This follows Newton's First Law.

 

Submit a Question
Categories: Forces of Flight