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Pendulums On The Moon

After investigating pendulums on the moon, I have concluded that they act almost

identically to the pendulums on Earth. Just like on Earth, the pendulum's period is not v-

affected by the mass or amplitude. In contrast, the length affects the pendulum'S period.

Only one thing is different about the pendulums on the moon, the equation for a period's

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length.

The equation for the mass vs. period of a pendulum on the moon is T= l l s. This

means that no matter what the mass is, the period is 11 seconds. The equation for the

amplitude vs. period of a pendulum is T= l l s. This means that no matter what the

amplitude is, the period is 11 seconds. The equation for the length vs. the period on the

moon is not linear. Once the graph is linearized the equation is T=(5 s{ycm) vt. The

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slope means that for every lvcm the period is 5 seconds longer. This equation is different

from the one on Earth [T=(.2 sIVcm) VL]. This may be because of gravity. /

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40

30

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20

40 Length (em)

60

80

100

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Period YS Amplitude

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8

9

7

10

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