Physical Pendulum

Physical Pendulum

A pendulum with its mass spread throughout its length is called a physical pendulum. A typical clock pendulum is an example. Students will observe a physical pendulum and measure its period, and then construct a simple pendulum with the same period. They will see that a physical pendulum acts as if its mass is concentrated at its center of mass.

Required Equipment

Arbor Scientific Meter Stick 6 pack
Arbor Scientific Digital Stopwatch Timer
Arbor Scientific Hooked Mass Set
Arbor Scientific Ring Stand, 5
Arbor Scientific Pendulum Clamp

January 01, 2011 Collin Wassilak

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