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I'm trying to find the period of precession for a gyroscope. Now I was able to find the angular precession rate, which was 1.132 rad/s, but I have no idea how to convert this to a 'period', and google didnt find me anything useful. How do I do this?

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Quick advice: add units when you write numbers ! –  Cedric H. Nov 7 '10 at 22:43
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If your rate is $\omega_p$ given in rad/s then the period is $\frac{2 \pi}{\omega_p}$ with units of seconds.

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Ya I was able to get the same thing from wolfram wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1.132+radians/second thanks though! –  maq Nov 7 '10 at 22:47
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@Cedric: This is of course correct, but we do not recommend here that direct answers be given to homework questions. Hints (to some level) are always preferred. –  Noldorin Nov 7 '10 at 22:47
    
You're right, sorry. I first tried to answer explaining frequency, period and angular frequency, but my explanation was not clear at all. –  Cedric H. Nov 7 '10 at 22:50
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@frime: Well in any case, I think you would have gotten the answer from either mine or Cedric's responses. ;) –  Noldorin Nov 7 '10 at 22:59
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@fprime: I was referring to people in general. I suggest you start showing a bit of respect here, especially to those answering your questions, or you won't do very well. It's a community, remember. –  Noldorin Nov 7 '10 at 23:37
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Hint:

Angular velocity is related to angular frequency by a constant factor. Period and frequency also have a simple (inverse) relation. Combine the two.

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We both got a +1 and a -1, I can understand mine, but why -1 here ? –  Cedric H. Nov 7 '10 at 22:53
    
Why the down-vote? –  Noldorin Nov 7 '10 at 22:53
    
@Cedric: I initially down-voted yours, but now I realise it was an innocent action, I tried to undo it... Unfortunately, silly StackExchange won't let me. –  Noldorin Nov 7 '10 at 22:54
    
No worries. –  Cedric H. Nov 7 '10 at 22:56
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