Coupled Pendulum Oscillations

Two pendulums, connected by a massless spring, are allowed to vibrate in the same vertical plane. For the limiting case of small oscillations, the equations of motion for the system are given by
, ,
where is the acceleration of gravity. You set the masses, lengths and initial displacements. The resulting graph shows the angle between the two pendulums as a function of time.
  • Contributed by: Stephen Wilkerson (Towson University)
  • With contribution by Franz Brandhuber

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