#modphys 14/180: Flying Pig!

It arrived!


This is flying pig, very much in vogue among physics teachers because it acts as a conical pendulum. The flapping wings seem to give it enough forward thrust to eliminate any deceleration from friction, so it flies level. Even better, it seems that the circular path is a stable equilibrium, as a non-circular orbit quickly decays to circular. I’d like to attach a small LED and take a long-exposure photograph from underneath to see the path it takes.


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