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A simple pendulum question

  1. Nov 12, 2005 #1
    If you were to suspend a baseball bat from one end and let it swing back and forth, does it make a simple pendulum?

    Ok I think it doesnt because a baseball bat's upper portion(bat head) weighs more than the bottom so I figure that it will stop after one swing instead of swaying back and forth. Does this make sense or can someone explain to me why it would be an example of a simple pendulum?
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  3. Nov 12, 2005 #2


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    That would be a physical or compound pendulum - i.e. a rigid body suspended from a fixed axis through the object (but not at its center of mass). A small bob suspended by a string would be an example of a simple pendulum.
  4. Nov 12, 2005 #3
    thanks tide. Yeah I figured that a baseball bat does not make a simple pendulum.
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