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ERIC Number: EJ817529
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Extraordinary Oscillations of an Ordinary Forced Pendulum
Butikov, Eugene I.
European Journal of Physics, v29 n2 p215-233 Mar 2008
Several well-known and newly discovered counterintuitive regular and chaotic modes of the sinusoidally driven rigid planar pendulum are discussed and illustrated by computer simulations. The software supporting the investigation offers many interesting predefined examples that demonstrate various peculiarities of this famous physical model. Plausible physical explanations are suggested for some exotic and unexpected motions. This paper can be useful for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and their instructors. The suggested simulation program can also serve as an exploration-oriented tool for discovering new features of the driven pendulum and gives students an opportunity to perform mini-research projects on their own. (Contains 19 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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