# Stationary Precession of a Spinning Top

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The stationary precession motion of a frictionless symmetric top under the influence of gravity can be described by a nonlinear ODE:

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Contributed by: William C. Guttner (March 2009)

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Snapshots 1 and 2: adding an initial nutation velocity, the motion becomes a combination of a stationary precession and a nutation motion

Snapshot 3: increasing the initial spin, the "gyroscopic stability" increases, which reduces the precession velocity:

Reference: C. P. Pesce, *Dinâmica dos Corpos Rígidos*, Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo, 2004.

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