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Simple Pendulum

  1. Jan 19, 2010 #1
    In the book "Fundamentals of Physics" by H D Young and Freedman,there is formula about the time period of simple pendulum which uses sine function in a complex way which i think is obtained by series expansion of sine function either by Maclurin or Tayler series.
    Can any one please tell me how to derive the formula?
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  3. Jan 19, 2010 #2
    Can you please post the formula here so we'll have a more clear idea of what you are talking about?
  4. Jan 19, 2010 #3

    Doc Al

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    What Young and Freedman show is the period of a simple pendulum as a function of the initial angle (in other words, for angles that do not satisfy the usual small angle approximation). They present a series approximation to the exact solution, which involves solving an elliptic integral. (It's not a simple Taylor series expansion of a sine function.)

    Read this: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/HBASE/pendl.html#c1"
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  5. Jan 19, 2010 #4
    The time period is

    t = sqrt(b/g) ∫oπ/2 dφ/sqrt[1-k2sin2(φ)]

    where k= sin(θ/2), b= radius of pendulum, θ= max angle, and the integral is the complete elliptic integral of the first kind..

    Bob S
  6. Jan 21, 2010 #5
    According to Rigid-body rotation Law ,you can get a formula
    m is the mass of the ball ,l is the length of the rope and θ is the angle between the rope and vertical.
    According to Talyor series ,when θ is very small,sinθ=θ.
    Then it turns to (d2θ/dt2)+g/l *θ=0,and it is a Second-order differential equations with constant coefficients. The result is θ=Asin(sqr(g/l)*t) A is Amplitude
    It's clearly that Vibration cycle is 2π*sqr(l/g)
  7. Jan 21, 2010 #6

    Doc Al

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    We're talking about the case where θ is not small enough for that approximation.
  8. Jan 21, 2010 #7
    The above answer is actually for a quarter period. The full period is 4 times the above answer:

    T = 4·sqrt(b/g) ∫oπ/2 dφ/sqrt[1-k2sin2(φ)]

    Bob S
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