This paper contains the development of an algorithm for the solution of any initial value problem dealing with the motion of a symmetric top on a horizontal surface. No restrictions are made regarding the roughness of the surface, so that both rolling and sliding resisted by friction are accommodated. A computer program incorporating the algorithm is used to settle several issues long in dispute concerning classical top motions.
Issue Section:Research Papers
Topics:Algorithms, Computer software, Friction, Surface roughness
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