Title

Two-Dimensional Pendulum Experiments Using a Spark Generator

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2000

Publication Title

The Physics Teacher

Department

Physics

Abstract

Student understanding of the superposition of perpendicular harmonic oscillators can be enhanced using a spark generator to record position-versus-time data for small-amplitude pendulum motion in two dimensions. Our students have used this arrangement to analyze the motion of a spherical pendulum and a “Y-suspended” (Blackburn) pendulum that has two effective lengths.

ISSN

0031-921X