Published On: Tue, Nov 20th, 2012

Wheel and Axle

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“The results that were taken from the practical work that was carried out in order to calculate the time taken for the disk to travel along the distance given, the correct radius of gyration which therefore means the experiment was carried out correctly”

Author: Joseph Harrison

Research Ans Aerospace Engineering Expert, Monash University

A solid wheel and axle is held at the top of an incline, released and allowed to roll down the incline for a given distance. You are to use an energy method to determine the radius of gyration for the solid body. As part of your investigation you need to examine the principles of angular motion and carry out a practical element relating to the following:


  • Take part in the assignment launch and conduct a practical investigation.
  • The energy contained within the disc at the starting point compared with the energy at the end of the run.
  • The relationship between distance travelled and linear and angular motion.
  • The effects of energy transfer.
  • Consideration of factors that may be involved but not mentioned here. More