Real wander (or random wander) of a gyroscope,
as opposed to apparent wander, is actual movement of the spin axis caused by engineering imperfections such as
friction and unbalance.
Movement about the vertical axis away from
its set position is referred to as real drift.
Movement about the horizontal axis away from
its set position is referred to as real topple.
The Interactive Gyroscope provides instructors
with total control of the gyroscope about the vertical axis and horizontal
axis, making it easy to demonstrate and understand the effects of real
drift and real topple.
For more information on other
gyroscopic principles and properties:
Understand real wander, drift and topple with Sphaera's Interactive Gyroscope.