The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics

Paperback | February 15, 2009

byGregory L. Baker, James A. Blackburn

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The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition,coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of superconducting devices are also discussed. Secondly, this book treats the physics of the pendulum within a historical and cultural context, showing, for example, that the pendulum has been intimately connected with studies of the earth's density, theearth's motion, and timekeeping. While primarily a physics book, the work provides significant added interest through the use of relevant cultural and historical vignettes. This approach offers an alternative to the usual modern physics courses. The text is amply illustrated and augmented byexercises at the end of each chapter.

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The pendulum: a case study in physics is a unique book in several ways. Firstly, it is a comprehensive quantitative study of one physical system, the pendulum, from the viewpoint of elementary and more advanced classical physics, modern chaotic dynamics, and quantum mechanics. In addition,coupled pendulums and pendulum analogs of super...

Gregory L. Baker is Professor of Physics at Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Pennsylvania, USA. James A. Blackburn is Professor of Physics at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.61 inPublished:February 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Pendulums somewhat simple3. Pendulums less simple4. The Foucault pendulum5. The torsion pendulum6. The chaotic pendulum7. Coupled pendulums8. The quantum pendulum9. Superconductivity and the pendulum10. The pendulum clockA. Pendulum QB. The inverted pendulumC. The double pendulumD. The cradle pendulumE. The long now clockF. The Blackburn pendulum

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`The Pendulum presents insights and unusual approaches that will broaden the experience of undergraduate physics students.'Kenneth S. Krane, Physics Today