## gear
pinion.
If the pinion is on the driving shaft, speed is reduced and turning force
increased. If the larger gear is on the driving shaft speed is increased
and turning force reduced. The gear ratio, the ratio of the number of teeth on the
two gears, is equal to the ratio of the torques
(neglecting friction), and the inverse of the ratio of the angular
velocities. (In the rare case of noncircular gears the torque and angular
velocity vary periodically.) Gear teeth are designed to mesh and turn with minimal friction: thus their sides are shaped as involutes of the circular wheel, so that they can roll on each other. The commonest type of gear for parallel shafts is the spur gear,
with straight teeth parallel to the axis; the helical gear
has teeth cut along sections of a helix, the
double helical gear – the most efficient type –
having a herring-bone-like arrangement to avoid axial thrust. Bevel
gears, whose tapering teeth are set on a frustum
of a cone, connect intersecting shafts. Skew
shafts are connected by a gear and worm: the worm is a
screw, equivalent to a one-toothed gear, so
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