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Wheel Dynamics

  1. Aug 31, 2006 #1
    Is it possible for a wheels forward velocity to increase when separated from a moving vehicle? If so please describe what makes this possible?
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  3. Aug 31, 2006 #2
    I would say not unless it's going down hill. However, if you're in the vehicle, you are most likely going to come to a stop and watch that wheel roll ahead of you.
  4. Aug 31, 2006 #3


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    It's not necessarily that cut-and-dried. I'm wondering if there might be small temporary accelerations from the elastic effect of the tire in reaction to certain types of bumps. A good tailwind might provide the same. :confused:
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