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What on Earth is spin? - Brian Jones

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Why does the Earth spin? Does a basketball falling from a spinning merry-go-round fall in a curve, as it appears to, or in a straight line? How can speed be manipulated while spinning? In short, why is the spinning motion so special? Brian Jones details the dizzyingly wide array of ways that spinning affects our lives.

Additional Resources for you to Explore

We like spin enough that we did a whole television program about it! You can see the full episode here: Everyday Science: Spin!
You can see individual segments of the Spin show here: Little Shop Podcast Page: Spin Episodes
You can see all of our podcasts here: Little Shop of Physics Podcast Page
We’ve made up a lot of lessons about weather and climate in the past few years. Learn more about spin, storms, clouds, weather and climate here: Ten Things You Should Know About the Atmosphere
Finally, you can learn all about the Little Shop of Physics here: Little Shop of Physics
Here's a great video about the earth's rotation.

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  • Educator Brian Jones
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  • Animator Marissa Hutchins, Sarah Johnson, Tom Beuerlein
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