# What does a pendulum wave show?

## What does a pendulum wave show?

This device shows a hypnotic effect by having a series of pendula with increasing time periods so that when they are simultaneously released, they produce the effect of a wave. The wave in this case diminishes in wavelength, then looks very chaotic, then comes back to the straight line from which it started.

## Are pendulums waves?

Waves and harmonic motion (some examples include pendulums and springs) are often great sources of inspiration for creating mesmerizing displays.

How do you make a perfect pendulum?

What to do:

1. Tie a weight onto the end of the piece of string.
2. Make a loop at the other end of the string.
3. Screw the hook into the piece of wood and balance the wood between the backs of two chairs.
4. Put the loop of string over the hook.
5. Start the weight swinging and time how long it takes to make 20 swings.

### How are pendulums and waves related?

As the shorter pendulums start getting ahead of the longer ones, they slightly “lead” the ones next to them and create a wave effect along the meter stick.

### Is a pendulum a wave?

What does it mean when a pendulum swings back and forth?

This back and forth motion is called “oscillation.” Its position is said to oscillate back and forth. The period is the amount of time it takes the bob to make one round trip. If the pendulum bob is pulled back and released, it returns to the hand that released it after a time interval equal to one period.

#### Who invented the pendulum wave?

The Dutch mathematician and scientist Christiaan Huygens invented a clock controlled by the motion of a pendulum in 1656.

#### What happens when a pendulum swings back and forth?

When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

What is pendulum vibrations?

The massive object is affectionately referred to as the pendulum bob. When the bob is displaced from equilibrium and then released, it begins its back and forth vibration about its fixed equilibrium position. The motion is regular and repeating, an example of periodic motion.

## Is a simple pendulum a wave?

The pendulum wave is easy to understand in the case of the “simple pendulum”, which has a fixed relation between the length of a pendulum and its period (the time it takes to swing back and forth).

## What is pendulum physics?

A pendulum is a body suspended from a fixed point so that it can swing back and forth under the influence of gravity. The time interval of a pendulum’s complete back-and-forth movement is constant.

What did Galileo learn about pendulums?

Galileo found that each pendulum has a constant period. The period is the time in which a pendulum completes a single oscillation, i.e., returns to the position it was in at the beginning of the period. For example: The time required for the pendulum to move from its most extreme right position back to that point.

### How do I view the pendulum waves?

The pendulum waves are best viewed from above or down the length of the apparatus. Video projection is a must for a large lecture hall audience. You can play the video below to see the apparatus in action.

### How do pendulums dance?

Fifteen uncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion. One might call this kinetic art and the choreography of the dance of the pendulums is stunning! Aliasing and quantum revival can also be shown.

How many oscillations are in a pendulum wave?

Pendulum Waves. The length of the longest pendulum has been adjusted so that it executes 51 oscillations in this 60 second period. The length of each successive shorter pendulum is carefully adjusted so that it executes one additional oscillation in this period. Thus, the 15th pendulum (shortest) undergoes 65 oscillations.

#### What happens when all 15 pendulums are started together?

When all 15 pendulums are started together, they quickly fall out of sync—their relative phases continuously change because of their different periods of oscillation. However, after 60 seconds they will all have executed an integral number of oscillations and be back in sync again at that instant, ready to repeat the dance.