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Hi,
I understand the motion of a gyroscope through considerations of torque and angular momentum, I have no issue with deriving it and imagining it by considering these things, but I somehow feel I still don't understand precession on an intuitive level. I was wondering if anyone could help me understand the motion of a gyroscope without invoking angular momentum/torque, just by soley considering Newton's laws.
Just to avoid confusion, take the z axis as out of the screen, yaxis from bottom to top, x axis from left to right and I'm considering a flywheel rotating along an axis in the xdirection. Its axial rod is sat on a pivot to the left, gravity is in the negative z direction. Hence torque is in the ydirection, and precession occurs about the z axis.
I've attempted a drawing, that I've attached.
Like I say, I'm happy with the ang mom/torque explaination, Im just looking for a Newtonian one.
Thanks
I understand the motion of a gyroscope through considerations of torque and angular momentum, I have no issue with deriving it and imagining it by considering these things, but I somehow feel I still don't understand precession on an intuitive level. I was wondering if anyone could help me understand the motion of a gyroscope without invoking angular momentum/torque, just by soley considering Newton's laws.
Just to avoid confusion, take the z axis as out of the screen, yaxis from bottom to top, x axis from left to right and I'm considering a flywheel rotating along an axis in the xdirection. Its axial rod is sat on a pivot to the left, gravity is in the negative z direction. Hence torque is in the ydirection, and precession occurs about the z axis.
I've attempted a drawing, that I've attached.
Like I say, I'm happy with the ang mom/torque explaination, Im just looking for a Newtonian one.
Thanks
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