Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion
How to Throw a Boomerang
The proper way to throw a boomerang is in a vertical plane, tossed slightly upward and with a rapid spin. The spin produces a gyroscopic effect that keeps the boomerang moving along its plane without flipping and fluttering. As the boomerang travels forward, the rapid spinning of its wing tips produces a strong lifting force. Because the boomerang is oriented vertically, the lift pushes sideways, causing the boomerang to turn and return to the thrower.
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- Vogt, G.L., B.Z. Tharp, M.T. Vu, and N.P. Moreno. 2014. Think Like an Engineer Teacher’s Guide. Baylor College of Medicine (ISBN: 978-1-888997-64-4). Development of Think Like an Engineer educational materials was supported, in part, by National Science Foundation grant number DRL-1028771.
- Boomerang training © Small World Journeys: Educational Adventures in Australia. Used with permission.
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