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ERIC Number: EJ1000751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Period of a Swinging Rod in an Oscillating Frame of Reference
Biezeveld, Hubert
Physics Teacher, v50 n9 p550-551 Dec 2012
It was obvious long ago that for mechanical behavior a gravitational field and an accelerating frame of reference are equivalent. Or in other words: it is impossible to decide whether you are in an accelerating elevator or in a closed room on a planet with a different value of "g". In the first section of this article I will describe a simple experiment that illustrates this. In the second part I will give a numerical model that predicts the results. Data collection and the calculations were carried out using Coach and CoachLab2. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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