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Gyroscope Rigidity

Rigidity is a property of a gyroscope defined in the First Law of Gyrodynamics.

If a rotating body is so mounted as to be completely free to move about any axis through the centre of the mass, then its spin axis remains fixed in inertial space however much the frame may be displaced.

This means that even if the location of the gyroscope changes, the axis of the spin will continue to point in the same direction relative to space unless acted upon by an external force or torque.

It is this property that is responsible for apparent wander and transport wander.

Sphaera's Interactive Gyroscope is designed to make it easy for instructors to demonstrate this and other gyroscopic principles and properties, such as:

Gyroscope rigidity

Understand rigidity with Sphaera's Interactive Gyroscope.

 

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