Boomerangs - The Science Behind the Curios Phenomenon

Boomerangs - The Science Behind the Curios Phenomenon

What is a Boomerang?

Boomerangs are lightweight, curved objects that are thrown with the intention of returning to the thrower.

Boomerangs were first used by the Aboriginal people of Australia. The word "boomerang" comes from an Aboriginal phrase meaning "to throw far away". They were used as hunting weapons and as a tool for hitting small game animals. One theory about how they actually work is that they create turbulence in the air which creates lift. Resulting in them returning to their original position.

Boomerangs were first made popular in America in 1928 due to being featured in a novelty act at New York's Hippodrome Theater. Since then, boomerangs have become increasingly popular around the world and can be found everywhere from department stores to toy stores.

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Why do Boomerangs Come Back?

A boomerang is a tool for throwing made of wood or other material. It has a long stick on one end and a curved stick on the other end.

The boomerang is thrown away from the thrower. At an angle of 45 degrees upwards to the sky, with the longer arm of the stick pointing outwards. As it travels, it spins around its own axis at high speed due to air pressure differences under the wings. When it approaches its target, without any input from the thrower, it will come back to him/her due to aerodynamic force and gravity.

The first thing that happens when you throw a boomerang is that it flies away from you. This is because of kinetic energy. Meaning that its energy causes it to move in one direction. Then the air pressure under the shorter wing is less than under the longer wing. Causing the boomerang to arch its flightpath. Leading to a circular motion, back towards the thrower.

How Boomerangs Fly

A boomerang is an ancient Australian Aboriginal throwing toy. It has a flat surface, usually shaped like a long narrow oval. The curved edge of the boomerang is called the “wing” and the opposite flat surface is called the “face”.

The flight of a boomerang depends on its shape, size, weight distribution and the speed at which it rotates. The faster or lighter a boomerang is thrown, the shorter its flight will be and vice versa.

How A Boomerang Works

A boomerang is a tool that is thrown to come back to the thrower. It is made of wood, plastic, or other materials. A boomerang has two wings, which are shaped like half of a circle. The wings are usually curved up slightly at the tips. The boomerang starts spinning when it is thrown. As each wing moves through the air, it creates an area of low pressure on one side. As well as an area of high pressure on the other side. This difference in pressure creates lift that helps to keep the boomerang in the air and coming back to you.

Boomerangs have been around since before 3,000 BC. Some historians suggest as much as 10,000 years ago. They come in many shapes and sizes with different types of throwing grips for different throwing styles. They are found all around Australia but are not limited to this location.

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