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Foucault's Pendulum on EJS -- Article post and replies

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Foucault precession in a simple system - August 14, 2014 at 8:33
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I'd like to share this link to an article that I submitted to Am. J. Phys. this week.


In the article I discuss some simulations run on EJS.  They are based on a very simple system that is a "first cousin" of Foucault's pendulum.

I believe that this is a direct and interesting way to understand the rate of precession :)

"This article aims to answer the question, "What is the simplest system that embodies the essence of Foucault's pendulum?" We study a very elementary idealized system that exhibits a precession behavior analogous to the classic pendulum. The system consists of a particle without inertial mass, constrained to an inclined plane that rotates about a vertical axis. Insights gained from this analysis are used to understand the rate of precession in a straightforward way".


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