I found this this website that explains the precession of a top, but obviously, it is not comprehensible to a younger student. I am not referring to why tops stay up, just why they make circles that increase in size and then fall over. The person that I am explaining it to does at least understand gravity and Newton's laws.

  • $\begingroup$ I find the wikipedia page and the image beside it show a fairly clear picture. $\endgroup$ – JMac May 29 '17 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ How would you explain it to someone who has taken a physics course? $\endgroup$ – Asher May 29 '17 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ This video is absolutely amazing: youtu.be/XHGKIzCcVa0 (Spinning, by Vsauce) (added as a comment because my answer apparently violated policy...) $\endgroup$ – Hritik Narayan May 29 '17 at 20:38
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    $\begingroup$ @HritikNarayan Thank you! That video is great and I would accept this if it was an answer. $\endgroup$ – TrumpetDude May 30 '17 at 22:25

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