This web page is a Java animation relating displaying two pendulum oscillations: a small pendulum amplitude of 20 degrees and a large amplitude of 135 degrees. The user can see the graph of simple harmonic motion generated by the smaller amplitude, compared with the non-sinusoidal graph produced by the larger displacement.
This item is part of a larger collection of simulation-based activities for introductory physics students. See Related Materials on this page for a link to the full index of simulations designed by this author to support first semester introductory physics curriculum.
%A Andrew Duffy %T Boston University Physics Applets: Pendulum at Small and Large Amplitudes %D March 28, 2008 %U http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c18_motion_pendulum_sim.html %O application/java
%0 Electronic Source %A Duffy, Andrew %D March 28, 2008 %T Boston University Physics Applets: Pendulum at Small and Large Amplitudes %V 2015 %N 30 June 2015 %8 March 28, 2008 %9 application/java %U http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/semester1/c18_motion_pendulum_sim.html
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This is the full index of interactive Java simulations by the same author on Classical Mechanics. This particular collection is devoted to topics typically covered in a first semester introductory physics class.