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ERIC Number: EJ931182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
A New Method for Computing the Centre of Mass of a Bicycle and Rider
Yizhaq, Hezi; Baran, Gil
Physics Education, v45 n5 p500-504 Sep 2010
For developing riding skills on mountain bikes, it is important to know how the centre of mass of a bicycle and its rider changes with ground inclination or with rider position. We show here a new method for finding the location of this point by measuring the normal forces acting on the wheels in two positions with a digital weight indicator. This method can be easily applied in the classroom and can be used as a real-life example for computing the centre of mass of a complex body. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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