The stationary precession motion of a frictionless symmetric top under the influence of gravity can be described by a nonlinear ODE:
where and are parameters that depend on the initial conditions, the variables , , and are, respectively, the nutation, precession, and rotation angles (Euler angles), is the height of the center of mass, and the parameters and are the transverse and longitudinal moments of inertia of the top, respectively.
The precession angle is then calculated by
With and it is possible to determine the position of the top.
For a stationary precession motion, given the other parameters, the initial precession velocity must be such that