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written by Zinaida Beynon and the California Academy of Sciences
This introductory website provides a step-by-step explanation of how a pendulum works and how the rotation of the earth causes the effects observed in a Foucault pendulum. A history of the understanding of the earth's rotation is also provided.
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© 1999 California Academy of Sciences
Foucault, earth's rotation, oscillations, pendulum, simple harmonic motion, waves
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Z. Beynon and California Academy of Sciences, (1999), WWW Document, (http://www.academypendulums.com/pendulum/).
Z. Beynon and California Academy of Sciences, About Foucault Pendulums (1999), <http://www.academypendulums.com/pendulum/>.
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Beynon, Z., & California Academy of Sciences. (2007, June 21). About Foucault Pendulums. Retrieved January 31, 2023, from http://www.academypendulums.com/pendulum/
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Beynon, Zinaida, and California Academy of Sciences. About Foucault Pendulums. June 21, 2007. http://www.academypendulums.com/pendulum/ (accessed 31 January 2023).
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Beynon, Zinaida, and California Academy of Sciences. About Foucault Pendulums. 1999. 21 June 2007. 31 Jan. 2023 <http://www.academypendulums.com/pendulum/>.
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About Foucault Pendulums:

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