mechanics & wave motion

The swinging rod

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Pendulums come in various forms and varieties. Here we introduce a swinging rod whose pivot could be changed. Does the time period change and how? Could you build a theoretical model, invoking some basic concepts in mechanics and angular motion? This experiment typifies the exercise of observing a natural phenomenon and finding an underlying principle that explains the observation. In the end the prediction and outcomes are compared. Best of luck. No sample results posted this time.

Experiment Code1.19A
Version2017-v1

Further Readings and References

  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics , J.W. Jewett and R.A. Serway, Cengage Learning, Delhi , (2008).
  • Many oscillations of a rigid rod
    American Journal of Physics , Alan Cromer , 63 112 , (1998).

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