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Jeremy McCreary

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Re: offset top
« Reply #195 on: September 11, 2021, 02:03:23 PM »

But then again an inverted ball is not as  impressive as a top with stem that reverses and stays balanced on that stem even without spinning. 

Agree. You really need a visual that makes the viewer's inner physicist think, "That'll never stay up."

How about your flipping disks you mention here Jeremy? Any chance they stay balanced after inversion?

In theory, maybe, but in practice, no.

It takes a really strenuous twirl to get them to invert. And even then, never for long, and usually not all the way. In the process, you usually end up exciting extraneous motions besides spin.

Not a recipe for coming to rest inverted. Even with a small flat at at top dead center. And in this case, there's no real flat to speak of.
« Last Edit: September 11, 2021, 02:12:36 PM by Jeremy McCreary »
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