P is for ..... Pendulum

P is for ..... Pendulum

New postby Fortunat Mueller-Maerki » Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:22 pm

Pendulum
Wikipedia defines a pendulum as ... "a mass that is attached to a pivot, from which it can swing freely. This object is subject to a restoring force due to gravity that will accelerate it toward an equilibrium position. When the pendulum is displaced from its place of rest, the restoring force will cause the pendulum to oscillate about the equilibrium position.

A basic example is the simple gravity pendulum or bob pendulum. This is a mass (or bob) on the end of a string of negligible mass, which, when initially displaced, will swing back and forth under the influence of gravity over its central (lowest) point.

The regular motion of the pendulum can be used for time keeping, and pendulums are used to regulate pendulum clocks

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The simple gravity pendulum
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Pendulum animation showing velocity V and acceleration A vectors
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The period of a theoretical pendulum is constant, it is ONLY a function of the length of the pendulum and of the force of gravity. It is not influenced by the weight of the pendulum or by the width of its arc.

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The simple gravity pendulum
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Pendulum animation showing velocity V and acceleration A vectors
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