Maxwell's wheel

Maxwell's wheel
Maxwell's wheel

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Experiment P1.4.6.1 is used to examine the conservation of energy at the Maxwell’s wheel. During the experiment potential energy Epot is transformed to kinetic energy Ekin due a translational motion (Etrans) and a rotational motion (Erot).
For different heights times and velocities are measured. From the data one can determine the inertia of the Maxwell’s wheel. With a known inertia, one can calculate the gravitational acceleration.

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1 33122  4  Maxwell's wheel LD
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1 50116  4  Multi-core cable, 6-pole, 1.5 m LD
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1 33625  4  Holding magnet adapter with a release mechanism LD
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1 30011  4  Saddle base LD
1 30125  4  Support block LD
2 30121  8  Stand base MF LD
2 30127  4  Stand rod 50 cm, 10 mm Ø LD
2 30044  4  Stand rod, 100 cm, 12 mm diam. LD
4 30101  4  Leybold multiclamp LD

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