Variable-g Pendulum Experiment - EX-5519A



This experiment designed for use with PASCO Capstone software explores the dependence of the period of a simple pendulum on the acceleration due to gravity and on the length and amplitude of the pendulum.

A simple rigid pendulum consists of a 35 cm long lightweight (28 g) aluminum tube with a 150 g mass at the end, mounted on a Rotary Motion Sensor. The pendulum is constrained to oscillate in a plane tilted at an angle from the vertical. This effectively reduces the acceleration due to gravity because the restoring force is decreased.

The period of the pendulum is measured using a Rotary Motion Sensor and the period function in PASCO Capstone.

PASCO Advantage:
The rigid pendulum can be assumed to be a simple pendulum: The actual period is approximately 99% of the period of a simple pendulum of the same length.

The period of the Variable-g Pendulum is plotted as a function of the angle of inclination to show the dependence of the period on g.

Buying Guide


Interface Required

A 550 Universal Interface or 850 Universal Interface is required for use with this product.  Compare the 550 and 850.

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Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO Capstone for data collection and analysis.