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How do gyroscopes work?

  1. Nov 5, 2005 #1
    As the title says, I'm wondering how/why gyroscopes work. Why do they resist being rotated in a direction other than the direction in which they're already being rotated, and why don't they fall down?
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  3. Nov 5, 2005 #2


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    I'm not the one to give a detailed explanation, but as a starter you should investigate conservation of angular momentum.
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