Experiment Mu-02

Precession of a Gyroscope

Description: A gyroscope wheel is mounted to spin about a horizontal axis.  The wheel is counterbalanced by a weight on the other end of the axle and the whole system can precess about a vertical axis.  A gravitational torque can be applied by moving the counterbalance.  The direction of this torque should be tested with the wheel at rest.  Now, with the wheel spinning in either direction, the laws of precession may be tested.


Gyroscope wheel in balance with weight.


Setup of experiment.



Materials: Gyroscope wheel, vertical and horizontal axis supports, weight


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