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Check Your Understanding An engineer builds two simple pendulums. Both are suspended from small wires secured to the ceiling of a room. Each pendulum hovers 2 cm above the floor. Pendulum 1 has a bob with a mass of 10 kg. Pendulum 2 has a bob with a mass of 100 kg. Describe how the motion of the pendulums will differ if the bobs are both displaced by 12 ° .

The movement of the pendulums will not differ at all because the mass of the bob has no effect on the motion of a simple pendulum. The pendulums are only affected by the period (which is related to the pendulum’s length) and by the acceleration due to gravity.

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Physical pendulum

Any object can oscillate like a pendulum. Consider a coffee mug hanging on a hook in the pantry. If the mug gets knocked, it oscillates back and forth like a pendulum until the oscillations die out. We have described a simple pendulum as a point mass and a string. A physical pendulum    is any object whose oscillations are similar to those of the simple pendulum, but cannot be modeled as a point mass on a string, and the mass distribution must be included into the equation of motion.

As for the simple pendulum, the restoring force of the physical pendulum is the force of gravity. With the simple pendulum, the force of gravity acts on the center of the pendulum bob. In the case of the physical pendulum, the force of gravity acts on the center of mass (CM) of an object. The object oscillates about a point O . Consider an object of a generic shape as shown in [link] .

A drawing of a physical pendulum. In the figure, the pendulum is an irregularly shaped object. The center of mass, C M, is a distance L from the pivot point, O. The center of mass traces a circular arc, centered at O. The line from O to L makes an angle theta counterclockwise from the vertical. Three forces are depicted by red arrows at the center of mass. The force m g points down. Its components are minus m g sine theta which points tangent to the arc traced by the center of mass, and m g cosine theta which points radially outward.
A physical pendulum is any object that oscillates as a pendulum, but cannot be modeled as a point mass on a string. The force of gravity acts on the center of mass (CM) and provides the restoring force that causes the object to oscillate. The minus sign on the component of the weight that provides the restoring force is present because the force acts in the opposite direction of the increasing angle θ .

When a physical pendulum is hanging from a point but is free to rotate, it rotates because of the torque applied at the CM, produced by the component of the object’s weight that acts tangent to the motion of the CM. Taking the counterclockwise direction to be positive, the component of the gravitational force that acts tangent to the motion is m g sin θ . The minus sign is the result of the restoring force acting in the opposite direction of the increasing angle. Recall that the torque is equal to τ = r × F . The magnitude of the torque is equal to the length of the radius arm times the tangential component of the force applied, | τ | = r F sin θ . Here, the length L of the radius arm is the distance between the point of rotation and the CM. To analyze the motion, start with the net torque. Like the simple pendulum, consider only small angles so that sin θ θ . Recall from Fixed-Axis Rotation on rotation that the net torque is equal to the moment of inertia I = r 2 d m times the angular acceleration α , where α = d 2 θ d t 2 :

I α = τ net = L ( m g ) sin θ .

Using the small angle approximation and rearranging:

I α = L ( m g ) θ ; I d 2 θ d t 2 = L ( m g ) θ ; d 2 θ d t 2 = ( m g L I ) θ .

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gravity pulls towards a mass...like every object is pulled towards earth
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a scientist
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a postmodernist would say that he did not discover them, he made them up and they're not actually a reality in itself, but a mere construct by which we decided to observe the word around us
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