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Determining the precession radius

  1. Nov 4, 2018 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A stick of length 2L and of mass M spins with angular velocity ω around the axis perpendicular to the COM of the stick.It is rotating with making an angle Θ,with the axis parallel to Z axis.The COM has an initial velocity v=υ(to the y axis).Find it's precession radius R.

    2. Relevant equations.
    Angular momentom L=IW
    Again L=mυR and


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I figure out the torque τ and the change of angular momentum .then i find the gyroscopic relationship W=mgr/Iω
    Please help me to find the things out.

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    Last edited: Nov 4, 2018
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  3. Nov 9, 2018 #2
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  4. Nov 10, 2018 #3


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    Do you really mean to say this? The COM is a point; an axis cannot be perpendicular to it but can only pass through it. It would help if you posted a drawing showing ##\vec \omega## as a straight arrow to clarify the spin axis. Could it be that the spinning stick is to be treated as a spinning top precessing in the Earth's gravitational field? In that case one end must rest on a horizontal plane and the stick must have a non-zero moment of inertia about its axis.
  5. Nov 23, 2018 #4

    Sorry.here the question has some mistake itself.The right version is as follows:
    The stick is spinning with angular velocity ω .And the aerodynamic lift coefficient is C. Here gravity should be neglected because the perpendicular part of lift force equate the weight of the stick.
  6. Nov 23, 2018 #5
    And density of air is ρ.
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