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Coupled pendula with Cobra4 (advanced version)

Coupled pendula with Cobra4 (advanced version)

Item no.: P2132560
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Two equal gravity pendula with a particular characteristic frequency are coupled by a "soft" spiral spring. The amplitudes of both pendula are recorded as a function of time for various vibrational modes and different coupling factors. The coupling factors are determined by different methods.


  • Large and sturdy set-up suitable for demonstration and lab courses as well
  • Live data-logging system to measure the oscillations of both pendula at once


  1. To determine the spring constant of the coupling spring.
  2. To determine and to adjust the characteristic frequencies of the uncoupled pendula.
  3. To determine the coupling factors for various coupling-lengths using a) the apparatus constant, b) the angular frequencies for "inphase"and "in opposite phase" vibration, c) the angular frequencies of the beatmode.
  4. To check the linear relation between the square of the coupling lengths and a) the particular frequencies of the beat mode, b) the square of the frequency for "inopposite phase" vibration.
  5. To determine the pendulum's characteristic frequency from the vibrational modes with coupling and to compare this with the characteristic frequency of the uncoupled pendula.

What you can learn about

  • Spiral spring
  • Gravity pendulum
  • Spring constant
  • Torsional vibration
  • Torque
  • Beat
  • Angular velocity
  • Angular acceleration
  • Characteristic frequency
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p2132560e.pdf Experiment guide, English 1.28 MB

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