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An Awesome Explanation of A Differential Gear

Posted by: leelefever on April 3, 2013- 9:24am

Categories: Explanation, gears, Great Explanations, mechanics, video

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Kottke reminded me this morning about this mid-century video that explains, very clearly, how a differential gear works in automobiles. Watch:  Email readers can watch here.  Notice how the video starts with a scene that everyone can grasp before going into more technical information. They focus on "why" before "how". The simple model they use to explain the mechanism is a great example of simplification. The "noise" of the actual gear is removed so the instructor can focus on the big ideas. A... Continue Reading