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written by Joe Wolfe
This interactive tutorial provides a simple explanation of the Foucault Pendulum, a device constructed in 1851 by French physicist Jean Foucault to demonstrate the rotation of the earth. This resource features videos of a Foucault pendulum in Australia (one of the few that exist in the Southern hemisphere). Accompanying animations help the user visualize the line of swing from different frames of reference.

This resource is part of the PhysClips library of multimedia tutorials. See Related Materials for a link to the full section on Newton's Laws.

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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
- Relative Motion
= Rotating Reference Frames
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- Technology
= Multimedia
Oscillations & Waves
- Oscillations
= Pendula
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
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Foucault pendulum, Newton, film clips, force interaction, forces, frame of reference, inertia, inertial frame, multimedia, rotational frame, tutorial, video clips
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Metadata instance created October 2, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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### AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

#### 4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
• 9-12: 4F/H2. All motion is relative to whatever frame of reference is chosen, for there is no motionless frame from which to judge all motion.
• 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.
4G. Forces of Nature
• 6-8: 4G/M2. The sun's gravitational pull holds the earth and other planets in their orbits, just as the planets' gravitational pull keeps their moons in orbit around them.

#### 10. Historical Perspectives

10B. Uniting the Heavens and Earth
• 9-12: 10B/H1. Isaac Newton, building on earlier descriptions of motion by Galileo, Kepler, and others, created a unified view of force and motion in which motion everywhere in the universe can be explained by the same few rules. Newton's system was based on the concepts of mass, force, and acceleration; his three laws of motion relating them; and a physical law stating that the force of gravity between any two objects in the universe depends only upon their masses and the distance between them.
• 9-12: 10B/H3. The Newtonian system made it possible to account for such diverse phenomena as tides, the orbits of planets and moons, the motion of falling objects, and the earth's equatorial bulge.
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J. Wolfe, (University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006), WWW Document, (https://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/foucault_pendulum.html).
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J. Wolfe, PhysClips: The Foucault Pendulum, (University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2006), <https://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/foucault_pendulum.html>.
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Wolfe, J. (2010, August 31). PhysClips: The Foucault Pendulum. Retrieved January 23, 2021, from University of New South Wales: https://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/foucault_pendulum.html
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Wolfe, Joe. PhysClips: The Foucault Pendulum. Sydney: University of New South Wales, August 31, 2010. https://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/foucault_pendulum.html (accessed 23 January 2021).
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Wolfe, Joe. PhysClips: The Foucault Pendulum. Sydney: University of New South Wales, 2006. 31 Aug. 2010. 23 Jan. 2021 <https://www.animations.physics.unsw.edu.au/jw/foucault_pendulum.html>.
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