🔬#MESExperiments 29: Magnetic Spinning Top Aligns Opposite of Asymmetric Magnetic Attraction

in MES Science2 months ago (edited)

In #MESExperiments 29 I go further into the GyroTop magnetic spinning top from Experiment 28, and this time provide an asymmetric magnetic field. I do this by adding additional magnets to one side of the magnetic base, all of which are in attraction to the spinning top. This setup makes the magnetic attraction stronger on one side, and as predicted from Experiment 29, the GyroTop once again moves opposite of the magnetic field. Thus it doesn't matter if the magnetic field is symmetrical or asymmetrical, the principle is the same: spinning tops want to balance opposite of the opposing force.

In this video, I perform 2 sets of experiments, one of them uses just 1 additional magnet while the second experiment uses 2 additional magnets to provide an even stronger asymmetric magnetic field. And the latter experiment better demonstrates the GyroTop's automatic balancing ability. Truly amazing stuff!

#MESExperiments 29 Asymmetrical GyroTop.jpeg

The timestamps of key moments of the experiment are listed below.

  1. GyroTop is in attraction to all magnets present: 0:00
  2. Asymmetric magnetic GyroTop experiment: 0:19
  3. Double-stacked asymmetric magnetic GyroTop experiment: 1:38

Stay tuned for #MESExperiments 30...

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The apparatus includes an upside down screw to first keep the spinning top upright until either air is blown into it with the tube, or as I have done which is use a drill to spin it up.

In the first part of the video I show that the spinning top is in attraction to all of the magnets present. In this case, the GyroTop has a magnetic base and I have included several separate magnets for the asymmetric magnetic field setup.


Next step is to spin up the GyroTop with a drill.


As expected, it balances opposite of the magnetic field.


Next, I place an additional magnet to provide an asymmetrical magnetic field, and again the GyroTop moves opposite of this attractive force.


I then place another magnet to balance out the magnetic field again, and the GyroTop levels itself again.


This time, I spin up the GyroTop again but place two additional magnets stacked ontop of each other to provide an even stronger asymmetric magnetic field.


Once again, the GyroTop moves away from the magnetic attraction. And when the base is rotated, the GyroTop appears to "run away" from the magnetic attraction.



Truly fascinating stuff!

View the rest of my #MESExperiments video series: https://peakd.com/experiments/@mes/list


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