• Foucault’s Pendulum Exploration Using MAPLE18

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      Foucault’s pendulum, rotational motion, latitude, gravity with latitude, differential equation, Coriolis force, centrifugual force, rotational dynamics, MAPLE.

    • Abstract


      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.

    • Author Affiliations


      S W Anwane1 Y S Anwane2

      1. Deparment of Physics Shri Shivaji Science College Congress Nagar, Nagpur, India.
      2. Department of Civil Engineering St. Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology Wardha Road Nagpur, India.
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