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Circus Physics: Conservation of Angular Momentum

Ever notice how flying acrobats, gymnasts, ice-skaters and half-pipe snowboarders, tuck in their arms and scrunch up their bodies while spinning in the air? By keeping their arms and legs tucked close to their centers of mass, they are able to rotate faster. This is because, just like linear momentum, the momentum of rotation, called angular momentum, is also conserved.

AIRED: May 31, 2010 | 0:02:05
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