Questacon’s 360 Swing is an iconic feature at the National Science and Technology Centre. Many thousands have accepted and failed the challenge of gaining enough momentum to complete a full 360 degree turn.
No challenge for IntoScience’s talented Chief Technology Officer, Luke Tomes though! On Tuesday, he mastered the swing on his first attempt in under a minute, and achieved no less than three complete turns.
By injecting a huge amount of extra momentum into his motion through squatting, he achieves a large enough arc to tip the spindle around full circle. The physics behind this relates to simple harmonic motion, momentum and gravity. Luke credits his momentous abilities to a lifetime of skiing!