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ERIC Number: EJ982392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
So Why Would a Pigeon Stand on One Leg (or Limp without Hurting)?
Hrepic, Zdeslav
Physics Teacher, v50 n3 p149-151 Mar 2012
While we still do not have a definitive answer about the reason(s) for which birds stand on one leg, a list of suggestions has been offered both by expert ornithologists and amateur birdwatchers. We offer a perspective grounded in statics and rotational dynamics that has not been suggested in the literature. The discussion has implications for bird study, and it can also be used as a rich context for teaching statics and dynamics topics at levels ranging from conceptual courses to advanced mechanics. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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