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ERIC Number: EJ951129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Non-Mathematical Explanation of Precession
Cordell, John
Physics Teacher, v49 n9 p572-573 Dec 2011
The phenomenon of precession is necessary to explain the motion of footballs, gyroscopes, tops, the Earth, and many other interesting physical systems, but it was very hard for me to understand as a student and is very difficult to teach to students now. Many explanations of precession in physics textbooks are highly mathematical and hard to understand conceptually. This puts the topic of precession out of reach for many introductory physics students. I hope that this explanation of precession will help teachers and students to understand the phenomenon on a more conceptual level. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A