American Journal of Physics
An alternative approach to the stability of torque-free rotations and to top nutation that emphasizes conservation laws and physical reasoning is examined. It is felt that such an approach, which is largely free of sophisticated mathematics, would be useful in teaching these topics in rotational motion at the introductory physics level.
Lock, James A., "An Alternative Approach to the Teaching of Rotational Dynamics" (1989). Physics Faculty Publications. 82.
Lock, James A. "An Alternative Approach to the Teaching of Rotational Dynamics." American Journal of Physics 57 (1989): 428-432.
Copyright 1989 American Association of Physics Teachers. The article appeared in American Journal of Physics 57 (1989): 428-432 and may be found at http://aapt.scitation.org/doi/10.1119/1.15996