PURPOSE: Demonstrate operating principle of some speedometers.

DESCRIPTION: The lower disc, on which a magnet is mounted, rotates when the handle is cranked. Induction causes the upper disc to rotate through an angle which is dependent on the torsional constant of the wire support and the rotational speed of the lower disc. The upper disc is damped by a magnet held in place on a tuning fork.

This idea is used in some auto speedometers, where the wheels are attached to the lower disc and the speedometer indicator is attached to the upper disc.


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EQUIPMENT: Speedometer model arrangement on hand-cranked rotator.

SETUP TIME: 5 min.

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