Rattleback

$5.50 excl. GST

Demonstrates Newton’s laws with the flick of a finger.

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Description

Rattleback. Demonstrates Newton’s laws with the flick of a finger. Due to its offset centre of gravity, this scientific curiosity has a preferred direction of rotation: It wants to spin counter clockwise.A rattleback is also known as an “anagyre”, “celt”, “Celtic stone”, “rattlerock”, “spin bar” or “wobblestone”. It is a semi-ellipsoidal top which will spin on its axis in a preferred direction. But, if spun in the opposite direction, it becomes unstable, “rattles”, stops and reverses its spin to the preferred direction.This spin-reversal motion seems, at first sight, to violate the angular-momentum conservation law of physics. Moreover, for most rattlebacks, the motion will happen when the rattleback is spun in one direction, but not when spun in the other.