## How exactly does a pendulum lose energy?

The pendulum loses energy to wind resistance, friction between the tube and the string, and internal friction within the bending string. Then the driver allows the force of gravity to convert some of that extra energy to kinetic energy, by allowing the bob to fall an extra distance at large angles.

## What does it mean when a pendulum swings diagonally?

Try phrasing the question differently or wait a while before asking again. It’s important to establish what is “yes” and what is “no” with your pendulum. A back-and-forth movement generally means the answer is “yes.” If your pendulum swings in a clockwise direction means “yes”, a counterclockwise direction means “no”.

## How does the Pit and the Pendulum end?

Having caught himself at the edge of the pit and having triumphed over Father Time and his razor-sharp pendulum – having survived, in short, two life-or-death predicaments – our narrator is then put in what you might call a “death or death” situation. Death by pit or death by burning walls.

## What does the prisoner decide to do in the pit and the pendulum?

He is “free” of the pendulum, but still in the clutches of the Inquisitors. His hope is shattered when the pendulum is withdrawn and the eyes and figures on the walls light up with fire, and the walls begin to close in, forcing him to either be burned to death or to leap to his death in the pit.

## What forces are acting on a pendulum?

There are two dominant forces acting upon a pendulum bob at all times during the course of its motion. There is the force of gravity that acts downward upon the bob. It results from the Earth’s mass attracting the mass of the bob. And there is a tension force acting upward and towards the pivot point of the pendulum.

## Why do pendulums move?

A pendulum is an object hung from a fixed point that swings back and forth under the action of gravity. When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it.

## What keeps a Foucault pendulum moving?

To keep the Foucault Pendulum going, one must replace the energy lost with each swing. This can be done by giving the pendulum a little “kick” with each swing. To do this, two iron collars are attached to the cable near the top.

## How do you determine the swing of a pendulum?

How to analyze a pendulum in swing

1. Determine the length of the pendulum.
2. Decide a value for the acceleration of gravity.
3. Calculate the period of oscillations according to the formula above: T = 2π√(L/g) = 2π * √(2/9.80665) = 2.837 s .
4. Find the frequency as the reciprocal of the period: f = 1/T = 0.352 Hz .

## Why do shorter pendulums swing faster?

Why does the angle the pendulum starts at not affect the period? (Answer: Because pendulums that start at a bigger angle have longer to speed up, so they travel faster than pendulums that start at a small angle.)

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