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Homework Help: Please, Please Help Me Out Ideas, Ideas

  1. Feb 9, 2005 #1
    Please, Please Help Me Out!!! Ideas, Ideas

    My physics group has been given an PROJECT to come up with some original experiment ideas :surprised . The experiment needs to be recording a 'sensible' variable. I came up with a great idea of building a resonance collumn, like a matchstick building and trying to see at which frequencies it becomes unstable.
    My teacher said it was a 2nd yr university project, really complicated,blah. :grumpy:
    Anyway, we have just 4 more days to come up with ideas of original, not textbook experiments and i was wondering whether anybody has any gr8 suggestions. I'm sort of in a panic now so PLEASE help out :confused:
    Any help will be appreciated o:)
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  3. Feb 9, 2005 #2


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    Alright, how about the non-linear pendulum:

    [tex]\frac{d^2\theta}{d t^2} + (g/L)\sin{\theta} = 0[/tex]

    Don't see this one much in undergrad (I think). Did you know it can be used to model the motion of a pendulum on a rigid rod that you push so hard it goes round and round? Well I'm pretty sure, never comparred the calculations, which I've done, to a real pendulum. Maybe you can though? Anyway if you choose to use it, either me or the group here can show you how to solve it in terms of "elliptical" functions (not complicated).
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