This Note considers the problem of a symmetrical top under the action of gravity, or analogously the problem of a long, slender, initially straight linearly elastic, circular cross-section member loaded only at its ends. A nonbody fixed coordinate system is used. The standard results are obtained without any explicit reference to a space-fixed coordinate system.
Issue Section:Technical Briefs
Topics:Symmetry (Physics), Gravity (Force)
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