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Fictitious forces

  1. Mar 5, 2015 #1
    Let's say there is a cart with a pendulum inside it. The cart then starts accelerating, while an observer on the ground remain still. I was told that the observer, standing still, would not observe any fictitious forces on the pendulum, so how does he explain the pendulum swinging backwards?
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  3. Mar 5, 2015 #2


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    The pendulum doesn't swing backwards for him. It accelerates forwards a little slower than the cart does.
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2015
  4. Mar 5, 2015 #3


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    The term "observer" refers to a frame of reference. In a ground fixed coordinate system the pendulum never moves backwards.
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