The Pendulum: A Case Study in Physics / Edition 5

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Overview

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, the earth'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 by exercises at the end of each chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199557684
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Pendulums somewhat simple 8
3 Pendulums less simple 27
4 The Foucault pendulum 67
5 The torsion pendulum 96
6 The chaotic pendulum 120
7 Coupled pendulums 141
8 The quantum pendulum 189
9 Superconductivity and the pendulum 211
10 The pendulum clock 233
A Pendulum Q 258
B The inverted pendulum 263
C The double pendulum 267
D The cradle pendulum 270
E The Longnow clock 273
F The Blackburn pendulum 275
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