Table Top Physics - Angular Momentum - Gyroscope

The small blue flywheel is rotating at a constant angular velocity of w1, the base wheel is rotating at a constant angular velocity of w2.

gyroscope

What is the angular momentum of the complete system?

Is the angular momentum of the complete system a funtion of time? In other words, does it require external torque to keep it going?

Would the angular momentum be constant if w1= w2?

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These pages contain examples to illustrate the principles involved, for an discussion of the theory about angular momentum see this page.


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