3A50.44 - Damped Pendulum

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Damped Pendulum
Harmonic Damping
Area of Study:
Oscillations and Acoustics
Pendulum with Styrofoam Bob, Large Photogate or Sonic Sensor.

Place a large Syrofoam ball as a pendulum bob on the desired length pendulum string.  Use video analysis or a sonic sensor to plot the data.

  • Rod Cross, "A Simple Method to Estimate Q for a Damped Oscillation", TPT, Vol. 62, #5, May 2024, p. 406.
  • Unofre B. Pili, "Using a Styrofoam Sphere and Video Analysis to Demonstrate the Linearly Resisted Harmonic Oscillator", TPT, Vol. 62, #3, March 2024, p. 196.

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