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## The Simple Pendulum

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**What is a Pendulum?**• Is a WEIGHT suspended from a PIVOT so it can swing freely. • When displaced it is subject to a restoring force due to gravity which allows it to accelerate back and forth. • Kinetic vs. Potential • The time for one complete cycle, a left swing and a right swing is called the PERIOD.**Building a Pendulum**• 1. A String or Rod • 2. A Weight. • 3. Amplitude • 4. Gravity**Assumptions**• Massless rod • Massive bob • Frictionless pivot • Low theta**Pendulums in Technology**• Pendulum Clocks -Discovery (Galileo Galilei - 1602) -Pendulum Clock (Christiaan Huygens – 1656) - Error - 15 min per day reduced to 15 sec - Replaced by quartz clock in 1930s ***WHY WAS IT USED FOR TIME KEEPING?**Considering the Following.....**• In your groups consider the following variables when constructing a pendulum and how or if they affect period. • MASS • LENGTH • AMPLITUDE • GRAVITY Explain Your Reasoning!**Formula for Simple Pendulum**• T= Period m/s • π= 3.14 • L= length m • g= acceleration due to gravity (9.8m/s²)**Example for Finding Period**• Ex: Find the period of a pendulum with a string length of 3 meters. • Answer = 3.5 seconds**Making the calculations**• In your groups you will be asked to find the string length for your given periods. Group 1 T= 1 sec Group 2 T = 1.5 sec Group 3 T = 2 sec Answers: G1 = .25m, G2 =.56m, G3 = 1m