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Posted by Samantha on Monday, November 17, 2008 at 11:21pm.

Given a simple pendulum of length r and mass m, determine the oscillation period T if the perturbation angle θ is very small (i.e. θ < 10degrees).

How can I derive an equation for period using just that info?

newterra.chemeketa.edu/faculty/ejensen/docs/Pendulum.doc - Similar pages - Note this

The equation of motion can be written

d(theta)/dt + (g/r) theta = 0

if the approximation sin theta = theta
is made. g is the acceleration of gravity and r is the length of the pendulum. The mass cancels out in the derivation.

The general solution of this "simple harmonic motion" differential equation is

theta = A sin wt + B cos wt
where w = sqrt (g/r)
The period is 2 pi/w

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