- Subject: Electronics, Engineering
- Study level: Undergraduate
- Type: Activity
- Timing: 55 minutes
Pendulum experiment (T212)
Welcome to T212's first activity in the OpenEngineering Laboratory. In this activity, you will interact over the internet with the pendulum shown above. Once you have booked a slot, you will be able to access a real pendulum workstation in our laboratory at Walton Hall.
The pendulum is controlled by a driving motor that rotates a vertical shaft back and forth in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. The pendulum is attached to this shaft by a horizontal pin, allowing it to rotate freely in a vertical plane. The driving motor can be set to oscillate regularly, moving the pin and the pendulum between left and right so that the pendulum swings back and forth. The faster the oscillating driving motor rotates the shaft, the greater the angle that the pendulum swings from the vertical. A sensor is able to read the angular displacement of the pendulum through time.
In this activity, you can set the values for the driving motor and observe the dynamic behaviour of the pendulum. This will enable you to experiment with the motion of the pendulum and its mathematical description as a sine wave, and to observe the relationship between its frequency, amplitude and phase.
The link to the booking system is below.
Please note that the equipment is now in its long-term availability configuration. This means that there are fewer peices of equipment available at any one time, but they can be used for 22 hours in a day. You also should be aware that we may need to take equipment off-line with little or no notice for operational reasons. We apologise for any inconvenience if this is the case.
Please be aware that all bookings are in UK local time.
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