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Old 07-23-2010, 10:58 PM
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I'm sure many of us have played with gyroscopes when we were young. These little contraptions are fascinating demonstrations of physics concepts, such as moment of inertia and torque. I have been messing around with mine, and I have a few questions to ask for those of you who are experts at physics. Would a gyroscope precess if there are no external force applied on it? Suppose we have frictionless bearings and zero wind resistance, and a force is applied on the axis of rotation. Would the gyroscope precess? Would there be gyroscopic forces resisting the applied force?

Suppose I try to change the orientation of a gyroscope. How do I calculate the gyroscopic force based on the applied force?
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Anyone can help me a bit on this?
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I'm only a physics student so I can't exactly say I know exactly what will happen. Didn't google searching find your answer? If I ever have a question like that I usually go to a physics forum (nerdy I know ).
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I'm only a physics student so I can't exactly say I know exactly what will happen. Didn't google searching find your answer? If I ever have a question like that I usually go to a physics forum (nerdy I know ).
Google confused me even more.

This is one of the most difficult things for me to visualize.

EDIT: Through some research, I think I got things figured out. It's still hard.
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