Requires a Wolfram Notebook System
Interact on desktop, mobile and cloud with the free Wolfram Player or other Wolfram Language products.
The pendulum is named after Leon Foucault. The pendulum demonstrates the motion of a mathematical pendulum under the influence of the rotation of the Earth. One of the most popular installations of a real Foucault's pendulum is located at Musée des arts et métiers in Paris, France. The famous philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco wrote a novel named Foucault's Pendulum.
Contributed by: Jens-Peer Kuska (March 2011)
Additional contributions by: Jeff Bryant
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA
The Coriolis force causes the pendulum to change its oscillation plane. On the equator (latitude = 0) the Coriolis force is zero and the pendulum will behave there like an ordinary pendulum. On a pole the Coriolis force attains its maximum. The control for the latitude ranges over [0, π/2].
Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Published: March 7 2011