School of Physics Lecture Demonstration Manual

Mc-1 Stopped Pendulum

Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011

Aim

To illustrate an example of the exchange of potential and kinetic energy.

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Stopped Pendulum 1

Stopped Pendulum 2

Stopped Pendulum Diagram

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Stopped Pendulum

Description

A pendulum is set swinging and the maximum height reached is noted. A stop is then introduced which essentially reduces the length of the pendulum. The bob still returns to the height of the original motion.

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