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Homework Help: What does the period of a normal pendulum depend on?

  1. Jan 9, 2014 #1
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    If a simple pendulum has a metal bob having negative charge and is allowed to oscillate above a positively charged metallic plate will the time period increase, decrease, become zero or remain the same. Could you guys please give me an insight into what happens in the situation

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  3. Jan 9, 2014 #2


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    What does the period of a normal pendulum depend on?
  4. Jan 9, 2014 #3
    It depends basically on the length of the thread or the string and the value of g of the particular place. Since the tension will increase in this situation, won't the length of the string expand leading to an increase in the value of time period???
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  5. Jan 9, 2014 #4


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    Well, that depends on whether you take the string to be rigid or not. Generally, at undergraduate level, if we consider a string that changes length, we explicitly say so. Otherwise, we assume a rigid string.

    What can we replace g with here?
  6. Jan 9, 2014 #5
    We can assume g to be 9.8. So, assuming that the string does change length, is my conjecture correct to some extent???
  7. Jan 9, 2014 #6
    if the string is taken to be rigid then the time period will remain the same considering that everything remains unchanged.
  8. Jan 9, 2014 #7


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    What are the forces on the bob when the pendulum is displaced from the vertical? Do the usual free body diagram.
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