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Gyroscope Model

Apr 06, 2011

The Gyroscope model was published as a supplemental simulation for the article "It Has to Go Down a Little, in Order to Go Around" by Svilen Kostov and Daniel Hammer in The Physics Teacher 49(4), 216-219 (2011). The model computes and displays the dynamics of gyroscope under the influence of a gravitational torque acting on the center of mass.   Users can very the position and radius of the spinning mass as well as the initial angle and can display the angular momentum, angular velocity, and torque vectors.  A second window shows the elevation angle of the axle and the angular momentum vector.

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