Spinning Things

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Bill Nye is spinning all the science hits for the “Spinning Things” episode.

A lot of things spin – bike wheels, footballs, hard disks in your computer, and even the Earth – they’re all twirling around. Spinning things have inertia, which means they keep spinning unless something slows them down. Bike tires keep spinning until you put on the brakes. A football spirals through the air until you catch it. The Earth keeps on spinning 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s been spinning for over four billion years.

You can feel the force of spinning bike tires when you put on the brakes – if you’re going really fast, you have to push really hard to stop yourself. The more massive a spinning thing is, the harder it is to stop it, and fast spinning things are harder to stop than slow spinning things. A flying disk flies and curves because of it’s spin. Skip it on it’s side and it’s front edge goes up. When you push on a spinning thing, it pushes back. It’s wild!

Bill Nye the Science Guy will make your head spin – with science!

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