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Balance the Bat

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Puzzle ID:#23731
Fun:*** (2.8)
Difficulty:** (1.3)
Category:Science
Submitted By:markmonninAus***!!!

 

 

 



Is balancing a baseball bat vertically on your hand easier with the larger end at the top or with the smaller end at the top?



Answer

It is easier to balance a baseball bat with the larger end at the top.
This is because it gives the bat a larger moment of inertia. So, with your hand as the pivot, the bat rotates slower, making it easier to correct when it starts to topple over.

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