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Eur. J. Phys. 20 (November 1999) 429-441

The rigid pendulum - an antique but evergreen physical model

Eugene I Butikov
Department of Physics, St Petersburg State University, Uljanovskaya str 1, Petershoff, 198904
St Petersburg, Russia
E-mail: butikov@spb.runnet.ru

Received 24 March 1999, in final form 9 August 1999

Abstract. Various kinds of motion of a rigid pendulum (including swinging with arbitrarily large amplitudes and complete revolutions) are investigated both analytically and with the help of computerized simulations. The simulation experiments reveal many interesting peculiarities of this famous physical model and complement the analytical study of the subject in a manner that is mutually reinforcing.

URL: stacks.iop.org/0143-0807/20/429
DOI: 10.1088/0143-0807/20/6/308
PII: S0143-0807(99)02952-9

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