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ERIC Number: EJ903747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1051-1970
Stabilizing a Bicycle: A Modeling Project
Pennings, Timothy J.; Williams, Blair R.
PRIMUS, v20 n8 p627-645 2010
This article is a project that takes students through the process of forming a mathematical model of bicycle dynamics. Beginning with basic ideas from Newtonian mechanics (forces and torques), students use techniques from calculus and differential equations to develop the equations of rotational motion for a bicycle-rider system as it tips from side to side. Then students are led through a self-discovery process which uses a computer model to test various attempts to "ride" the bicycle so as to keep it upright and traveling along a straight path. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A