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Conical pendulum?

  1. Mar 13, 2008 #1
    When you hang a pendulum from the ceiling and spin it, (conical pendulum) why does it only spin in one direction??? What's the physics behind the motion and the forces of it that makes it spin in only one direction?
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  3. Mar 13, 2008 #2


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    Because you spun it in one direction.

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  5. Mar 14, 2008 #4
    but if you spin it in opposite direction, it won't travel in a circle....;;
  6. Mar 15, 2008 #5

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    Why not?
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