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Chaotic Pendulum Feature Summary

Type:
Physics in Your World
Title:
Chaotic Pendulum
Description:
The photo above shows a three-way double pendulum at the Exploratorium, and you can see a video about this exhibit at Chaotic Pendulum. (A double pendulum is essentially one pendulum hung underneath of another--see this diagram.) In general, the motion of this pendulum is chaotic.
Image:
image credit: Amy Snyder, © <a href="http://www.exploratorium.edu/" target="_blank">Exploratorium</a>; <a href="http://www.exploratorium.edu/imagery/images/phdi0005-007.jpg" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/chaotic pend large.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: Amy Snyder, © Exploratorium; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/chaotic pend large.jpg
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June 8, 2011 - June 22, 2011