(It does not run with Java versions released after 2015)
Drag the mass to its new starting position.
This applet shows a pendulum suspended on a 'rigid string'. One can
drag the pendulum to it's starting position. Once in motion, the
pendulum can be 'caught' by clicking and holding the mass when it has
reached it's maximum angle. Thus, the pendulum can be brought to it's
new starting position.
The experimental period is shown in the panel above the pendulum
itself and is obtained by multiplying the time needed to make half an
oscillation by two. The theoretical period, on the other hand, is
obtained by a formula which is valid only for small angles., i.e,
where T is the period of the oscillations, L is the
length of the string and g is the acceleration due to gravity.
Thus, as the initial angle is larger one can notice a dramatic
difference in the two periods.
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Last modified: June 20, 1997