Free Rotation of an Asymmetric Top

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This Demonstration shows the general properties of the free rotation of an asymmetric top using a body-fixed coordinate system. The homogeneous solid brick plays the role of the asymmetric top.

Contributed by: Ferat Talat oglu (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



Chapter 37 of [1], “The Asymmetric Top”, states that "… the top doesn’t at any time return exactly to its initial position."

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[1] L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Mechanics, Vol. 1 (Course of Theoretical Physics), 3rd ed., New York: Butterworth–Heinemann, 1976.

[2] D. Schwalbe, A. Slavik, and S. Wagon, VisualDSolve [online], 2nd ed., Champaign, IL: Wolfram Research, 2009.

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