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  • Glenda

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    June 24, 2024 at 11:56 am
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    Based on the search results, here is how a pinwheel spins in the wind:When a pinwheel is placed in the wind, the blades of the pinwheel act as “cups” that capture the moving air and cause the pinwheel to spin . The blades are designed in a way that the oncoming wind pushes against them, making the pinwheel spin counterclockwise .Specifically, when the wind blows straight onto the front of the pinwheel, it spins counterclockwise as the air is captured by the cupped blades . If you blow on the bottom half of the blades, the pinwheel will spin quickly counterclockwise, but if you blow on the top half, it will spin slowly clockwise .The direction and speed of the pinwheel’s spin depends on which part of the blades the wind hits . The pinwheel spins most efficiently when the wind blows directly into the cupped blades . This demonstrates that moving air has kinetic energy that can be harnessed to make the pinwheel spin .In summary, the pinwheel spins counterclockwise when the wind blows into the cupped blades, with the speed and direction of spin depending on where exactly the wind hits the pinwheel .

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