In this article, we develop the traditional differential equation forFoucault’s pendulum from physical situation and solve it fromstandard form. The sublimation of boundary condition eliminatesthe constants and choice of the local parameters (latitude, pendulumspecifications) offers an equation that can be used for a plotfollowed by animation using MAPLE. The fundamental conceptualcomponents involved in preparing differential equation viz;(i) rotating coordinate system, (ii) rotation of the plane of oscillationand its dependence on the latitude, (iii) effective gravity withlatitude, etc., are discussed in detail. The accurate calculationsoffer quantities up to the sixth decimal point which are used forplotting and animation. This study offers a hands-on experience.Present article offers a know-how to devise a Foucault’s pendulumjust by plugging in the latitude of reader’s choice. Studentscan develop a miniature working model/project of the pendulum.
Volume 27 | Issue 6