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as two other laws of physics. Lift is important because a boomerang is simply two airplane wings joined in the middle. The other two principles involve the spinning of the boomerang and how that spinning creates the return. Aborigines are credited with the invention of the returning boomerang and the oldest one found in Australia is around 14,000 years old. The best theories surrounding the subject are that returning boomerangs accidentally evolved from the non-retuming hunting throw sticks. Returning boomerangs were most likely use for sport and recreation, but a large returner could easily injure a small animal, take out a bird in flight (with an incredibly lucky throw) or be used as a decoy to draw in birds and then net them.
This law implies that a wing is just an incline plane. which in turn deflects the wing up.Boomerangs are a wonderful fusion of Stone Age man and Space Age Technology. MAIN FORCES OF FLIGHT: LIFT . The air hitting the underside of the wing creates 30% of the lift of a wing. 2nd law governing lift is BERNOULLI'S LAW: . In the case of boomerang the throw produces the thrust. that deflects the air down.DRAG lst law governing lift is NEWTONS 3RD LAW OF MOTION: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of an airplane the thrust is obviously produced by the engines.THRUST . So when you give it thrust.
The air needs to meet at the same time on the other side. Air produces roughly 14 pounds of pressure on every object from every direction. As the air moves across the wing of a plane it has farther to go over its curved surface than it does it's flatter underside. The paper rises. so it speeds up over the top. Hold a strip of paper in your hand.An increase in air speed reduces the static pressure. let it hang down then blow over the top. As it moves faster over the top than it does on the bottom it creates less downward air . because the air pressure on top is reduced and the air pressure pushing up on the bottom is the same.
We have all spun a gyroscope or top. An airfoil is creating a similar effect in the air. That gyroscopic motion keeps rockets on course and bicycles upright. .if you push a basketball down into a tub of water. You may be asking why the air needs to reach the back of the airfoil at the same time. Air is a fluid and occupies space .pressure. the simple act of spinning it creates stability. It is the same spinning motion that gives the boomerang stability in the air. Try balancing on a bicycle without rolling forward and you understand the stability of spinning wheels. Bernoulli's law produces 70% of the lift of a wing. The preceding laws plus gyroscopic stability and gyroscopic precession complete the science of a returning boomerang. Gyroscopic stability is something everyone has experienced. the water level throughout the tub rises because the ball is taking up space.
Gyroscopic precession is definitely more involved and the short version (without any math) is: As the boomerang spins. As the speed of the flight decreases these forces decrease which result in finally laying the boomerang flat as it hovers in for an easy catch. The very thing that creates lift. Flying an airplane especially landing and taking off. For a quick simple example take a bicycle wheel off your bike and hold it by the axle while spinning the wheel. the wing going over the top creates more lift. Turn it slightly and feel the force. This increased lift at the top of the circle begins turning the boomerang and it begins its return. is a delicate balance of . also creates drag.
rubber bands wrapped around the wings. At boomerang tournaments you will see boomerangs with holes drilled in them. These things create drag to produce different effects in the flight like reducing the hover or keeping the flight lower. To create lots of spin think of the action as an exaggerated knock on a door. Controlling the lift using drag on a boomerang is also a delicate balance and something of an art.controlling lift and drag. or cracking a whip. spoiler flaps and coins taped on the wings. The throw of a boomerang is an overhand throw exactly like throwing a football and at the moment of release the boomerang should be more or less straight up and down. To boomerang fanatics DRAG is not a four letter word. The rate of spin of the boomerang is much more important to a good flight than a hard toss. it's a necessity. but because of the . The uninitiated thrower always thinks it's a sidearm toss.
Wings produce lift. So next time you are throwing boomerangs and making momentary sculptures in the sky. consider the science involved. . The lift and the spinning create gyroscopic precession that turns it until it is gently hovering in. The spinning produces gyroscopic stability.physics principles we just discussed. a boomerangs flight is perpendicular to the plane of the boomerang so it must be an overhand throw to produce the round returning flight. and envision Stone Age man working through technology that wouldn't be fully understood for thousands of years. usually resulting in a broken boomerang. So why does a boomerang boomerang? The throw produces the thrust. A sidearm throw will produce a straight up flight with a crashing return.
Empty athletic fields are usually ideal places to let your rangs rip some quality air! .Below are a few precautions. so will you as a boomerang thrower. Be aware of people. Space: Allow 60-70 yards in every direction. even if they appear out of your throwing area. Practice your stance and arm movements prior to your first throw. Never throw at or towards any person. Directions: Fully read and understand the directions.. Just as basketball and raquetball players receive protection from eyewear. Eyewear: Always wear eye protection when throwing..
and wind conditions have an enormous effect on the flight of a boomerang. Check out our windicator.Wind: This is a wind game. never has reading the wind been so easy! . An awareness of wind direction with each throw is essential if one expects to enjoy the sport of boomerangs.