Chapter SHM Example 01_02
Q1: what is the maximum angle of release before the motion is not accurately described as a simple harmonic motion for the case of a simple free pendulum?Example 1: Simple pendulum A pendulum bob given an initial horizontal displacement and released to swing freely to produce to and fro motion
Suggested Inquiry Steps:
- Define the question in your own words
- Plan an investigation to explore angle of release to record the actual period T and theoretical period where L is the length of the mass pendulum of mass, m and g is the gravitational acceleration of which the mass is experiencing, on Earth's surface g = 9.81 m/s2
- A suggested record of the results could look like this
|angle / degree||T /s||Ttheory / s|
With the evidences collected or otherwise, suggests what the conditions of which the angle of oscillation can the actual period T be approximated to theoretical period such that T ≈
Suggested Answer 1:
angle θ ≈ 10 degrees for , depending on what is the error acceptable, small angle is typically about less than 10 degree of swing from the vertical.
Motion approximates simple harmonic motion when the angle of oscillation is small < 10 degrees..
Other Interesting fact(s):
Motion approximates SHM when the spring does not exceed limit of proportionality during oscillations.